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Baker Mayfield wins Walter Camp Football Player of the Year Award

Baker Mayfield wins Walter Camp Football Player of the Year Award

Because of conference eligibility rules that precluded walk-ons from maintaining an extra year of eligibility if they sit out a season after they transfer, Mayfield (who, after his walk-on freshman season at Texas Tech in 2013, transferred to Oklahoma and sat out 2014) was looking at 2016 being his final season in Norman.

The AP award is the first of what could be several won by Mayfield.

Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Bryce Love will all be in attendance on Saturday night for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, but Mayfield will make the lone walk onstage to accept college football's most prestigious award.

Mayfield and Jackson are finalists for the second straight year, and Jackson is trying to become the second player to win two Heismans, joining former Ohio State star Archie Griffin. As a result, Mayfield is expected to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy in resounding fashion, so resounding that you can't even wager on it. It was a big win for the Sooners and no doubt helped them earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. He was involved in an incident where a video of Norman police tackling him this past summer went viral before the season. Finally, he was suspended for a portion of the West Virginia game over Thanksgiving weekend after he was captured on television making an obscene gesture at the Kansas bench the week before. With little fanfare, the quarterback is averaging 411 total yards - up from 393 last season- and accounted for 42 touchdowns. But Heisman voters have never been comfortable with repeat winners. Otherwise, he was electrifying on offense again this season with 3,489 passing yards for 25 touchdowns and six interceptions, while also notching 1,443 rushing yards and 17 more touchdowns. Along with the aforementioned McCaffrey and Gerhart, quarterback Andrew Luck finished second in 2011 and 2010. He racked up 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground in a year when he clearly wasn't healthy the whole way through.

Love is second in the nation in rushing at 164.42 yards per game and is averaging 8.32 yards per carry for the 15th-ranked Cardinal.

The award will be officially handed out this Saturday night in New York City.

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Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor, becomes the first victor to earn a trip back to the ceremony since Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel won in 2012 and returned as a finalist in 2013.

He joins Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous winners from Oklahoma.

The Heisman has been naming finalists and bringing them to NY for the presentation since 1982.

Mayfield returns to NY, where he finished third in the 2016 voting and will likely become the first candidate to win the award after being selected as a finalist the previous season since USC's Reggie Bush in 2005. "I've always had fun watching the Heisman ceremony". He is also a finalist for the Manning Award.

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