Baker Mayfield named Heisman Trophy finalist

Paul George is on board the Baker Mayfield hype train

In recent interviews, Penn State's record-breaking running back had talked about the possibility of not being invited to NY for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, and how he was OK with it. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2015, but was not invited to NY.

Mayfield is considered the favorite to win the award this year, despite some off-field issues that have clouded his candidacy.

Jackson's 2017 season has been better than a year ago with regards to his completion percentage and interception count, but his team's lack of success could be an issue for Heisman voters.

In winning college football's most coveted award, Jackson last season rushed for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns, while passing for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns.

The Heisman has been naming finalists and bringing them to NY for the presentation since 1982. Oklahoma plays Georgia (12-1) in the Rose Bowl semifinal on January 1. He now leads the nation in passing efficiency rating, completion percentage, yards per pass and multiple other categories.

The senior had been in a tight race with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley for the first half of the season before leading Oklahoma to eight consecutive victories, while the Nittany Lions stumbled to two losses.

He averaged 10.5 yards per carry and 114.3 yards per game on the ground and finished his high school career with 83 touchdowns.

Regardless, Barkley has one more game remaining in the 2017 season. The nation's leader in all-purpose yards - by a 45-yard margin at 224.8 per game - is the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and its Special Teams Player of the Year, the latter for his work as a kick returner.

Not making that cut was a couple of talented running backs. He twice returned kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 97-yard return of the opening kickoff at Ohio State. He was also 2 for 2 passing with a touchdown.

The list of finalists for the Heisman Trophy was released Monday and it failed to include San Diego State standout Rashaad Penny.

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