Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mayfield, Jackson, Love Are Heisman 'Finalists'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mayfield, Jackson, Love Are Heisman 'Finalists'

Article excerpt

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield made Heisman Trophy history just by being selected as a "finalist."

Mayfield, reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Stanford running back Bryce Love are the top vote-getters for the 83rd Heisman Trophy. "Finalists" are named each year, although the voting is over and one of the three has already won.

The award for most outstanding college football player will be given out Saturday night in New York.

Mayfield and Jackson are in the top group 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. Mayfield is the seventh player to finish in the top five of Heisman voting three times.

Mayfield, though, will come to Manhattan as the clear favorite. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2015 but was not invited to New York. Last year, he was one of five finalists and finished third behind Jackson and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

This season, Mayfield has led the No. 2 Sooners (12-1) to the Big 12 championship and the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma plays Georgia (12-1) in the Rose Bowl semifinal on Jan. 1. Mayfield leads the nation in efficiency rating at 203.76 and has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Jackson's numbers have been better than last season in some categories, but Louisville (8-4) has not had the big wins to go with it. With little fanfare, the quarterback is averaging 411 total yards up from 393 last season and accounted for 42 touchdowns.

"I'm honored to be chosen as a finalist with these two outstanding players," Jackson said in a statement. "They both had great seasons and deserve this tremendous honor. I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for achieving this honor together."

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. 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 also scored 17 touchdowns.

Edwards introduced at ASU * Herm Edwards talked about trains and conductors, Catholics and devils, told stories and cracked jokes, his timbre rising and falling for emphasis during a nearly hour-long introductory news conference. …

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