The 2017 season featured plenty of promise for the quarterback position in college football, but outside of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, most of the hyped quarterbacks haven’t lived up to the lofty preseason expectations.
USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen appeared primed for success, as did Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Rather, it’s been Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and West Virginia’s Will Grier who have shined midway through the season, according to CBS Sports.
“Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield, Will Grier and others have provided some fireworks but the ‘Year of the Quarterback’ has generally underperformed,” Barton Simmons wrote. “Darnold has 14 turnovers to only 15 touchdowns. Rosen has been brilliant at times, but has seven interceptions in three losses. Allen has put up dud performances in his only Power Five showcases. [Lamar] Jackson has been overshadowed by a mediocre team.
“At the season’s midpoint, only Mayfield looks poised for a legitimate Heisman run. It’s a deep year at the position, but the spectacle has failed to materialize.”
Mayfield’s efforts have led Oklahoma to a 5-1 start with a road win over Ohio State and Texas. He was brilliant in knocking off the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, and throwing the game-winning score to Mark Andrews in the fourth quarter against Texas.
He currently has 1,937 yards passing on 117 completions and is completing 72.7 percent of his passes. He has 17 touchdowns to 1 interception, as well as a quarterback rating of 207.3.
While the rest of the nation’s quarterbacks like Darnold and Rosen have not lived up to their preseason hype, Mayfield’s success has shown. And he’ll get a few more chances to demonstrate what he can do on a national stage with games against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU around the corner.
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