The three finalists for the 83rd Heisman Trophy ceremony were announced on Monday night, as the Heisman trust narrowed down the candidates to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield made Heisman Trophy history just by being selected as a finalist. Mayfield is the ninth Oklahoma player to be selected as a finalist, matching Miami for the most from one school. Last season, the Cardinals went 9-4 (7-1 in ACC play) while making it to the prestigious Citrus Bowl.
Mayfield will try to become the fifth player to cash in and win the year after being invited as a finalist and not winning.
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. While Louisville closed on a high note, they entered November with a 5-4 record and Jackson was forced to play out the final games of his season out of the spotlight.
Jackson, last year's Heisman victor, leads the nation in total offense at 411 yards per game. I wouldn't be here without those guys and I'm happy I get to enjoy this trip with two of my teammates, even though I think all of them deserve to be here with us. Love finished second in the nation in rushing with 1,973 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
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. An ankle injury slowed Love the last month of the season, but he still led the nation in rushes of at least 50 yards with 12. He was also 2 for 2 passing with a touchdown.
The Big 12 runner-up Horned Frogs meet Stanford in the Alamo Bowl on December 28.