Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has a made a career of doing things no one else has ever done.
First, Baker Mayfield walked on at two different programs just to earn a starting job at the Big 12’s most successful program. Then, he became the first Big 12 starting quarterback to win three Big 12 championships. Mayfield set the all-time record for best passer rating, beating Sam Bradford’s record.
Now, Baker Mayfield is the first walk-on to ever win the Heisman Trophy. A statue in Heisman Park in Norman is on the way, but his impact on college football goes far deeper than that.
The senior quarterback joined Oklahoma – with Lincoln Riley – at a time when the program was precariously perched after failing to win an outright Big 12 championship for five seasons. Several other programs were licking their chops at the opportunity to push Oklahoma the way of Texas, especially after an 8-5 season in 2014. The Sooners needed hope.
Mayfield walked on in 2014, and some thought he could compete for the starting job against Trevor Knight in 2015. Weeks into camp, the job was his. Mayfield immediately led Oklahoma to a Big 12 title and the College Football Playoff in 2015.
He eventually guided Oklahoma to Big 12 titles each of his three seasons with the Sooners, and a pair of College Football Playoff appearances. His dominance against the Big 12 is completely unmatched in conference history. Sam Bradford is the only player that comes close.
In fact, Mayfield has three Big 12 titles on his own. That’s as many as the University of Texas. No one else has more than two.
Mayfield is an icon, not just at Oklahoma, but across college football. His passion for the game makes him an instant favorite among college football fans. He’s one of the most productive players of all time. Mayfield is also of the few stars who played at the college level for four seasons.
In an era of superstar recruits, Mayfield’s story stands apart. His fight from Group of Five offers to college football’s biggest stages is unmatched. His story will almost certainly continue to be unparalleled heading forward. Winning a Heisman is college football’s greatest individual honor, and Mayfield willed himself to the finish line. Whether fans loved or hated him, everyone tuned in.
The work still isn’t complete quite yet. There have been five other players in Oklahoma history to win the Heisman Trophy: Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Jason White and Sam Bradford. None of them won a national championship in the same year they won the Heisman.
The senior quarterback himself said it’s not about individual awards – he came back to school to bring a national championship back to Oklahoma. Mayfield already has an excellent case to be the greatest player in Oklahoma history. A Heisman only adds to that resume.
If Mayfield can win a Heisman and lead Oklahoma to a national championship, Mayfield will stand alone in the Sooners’ vaunted history.
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