The Oklahoma quarterback is the runaway leader in the season's final USA TODAY Network Heisman survey. The QB was stripped of his captaincy a couple weeks ago after making a lewd gesture during Oklahoma's win over Kansas. Sam Darnold had a slow start to the season, but came on strong in the second half of the year as USC won its first conference championship since the Pac-10 days.
The Heisman Trust announced its finalists on ESPN Monday night.
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The Sooner quarterback finished with the second most passing yards in the country, piling up 4,340 through the air. He also ranks second in passing touchdowns (41), third in total offense (357.7 ypg) and fourth in passing yards (333.8 per game). He has a chance to become the sixth Sooner Heisman victor and the first Heisman victor to begin his career as a "walk-on" athlete.
He received the remaining two first-place votes in the survey. The senior competed 71% of his passes, and will lead the Sooners against Georgia in the Rose Bowl, one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals. Mayfield set an FBS record for passing efficiency, breaking his own record set in 2016.
Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy and vies to be the second two-time victor.
The award will be given out in New York City on Saturday. "We look forward to recognizing their remarkable individual accomplishments and celebrating the victor of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night".