Lamar Jackson named Heisman Trophy finalist

05 December, 2017, 02:51 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Mayfield Jackson Love are Heisman hopefuls

Louisville will play the No. 24 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Jackson's also rushed for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns on 208 carries, averaging almost 7 yards per rush. He aims to become the first two-time Heisman victor since Archie Griffin in 1974-75.

Still, the news that he was not a finalist had to come as a disappointment to the junior from Coplay. The 6-3, 218-pound Jackson, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., guided the Cardinals to an 8-4 record while accumulating 4,932 yards of total offense and 42 total touchdowns.

Only one player in NCAA history has won multiple Heisman Trophies: Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. It's the second straight year for Mayfield to be named a finalist. Considering he was averaging 198 yards per game in the first seven weeks before he suffered an ankle injury, it's hard to imagine what he could have done had he stayed fully healthy all season.

More news: Time's Person of the Year Finalists

Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns - both second in the country behind Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph and Missouri's Drew Lock, respectively - and added five rushing touchdowns in 13 games.

Saquon Barkley fell short of reaching NY for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, as Baker Mayfield, Bryce Love and Lamar Jackson were named finalists. 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.

If it holds, Mayfield's efficiency rating of 203.8 would shatter the record he set a year ago of 196.39. The Sooners will be playing in its second College Football Playoff with Mayfield in the 'gun. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

The victor of the 2017 Heisman Trophy will be announced Sunday night on ESPN. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America. The trophy show will be shown live at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

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