“There’s something special about him. He has that tenacity, toughness, competitiveness and talent. A bunch of coaches missed the talent,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said.
Clarification. Baker Mayfield is in the Heisman conversation. My Heisman conversation at the least.
Mayfield was one of the lead dogs in the Oklahoma’s 44-34 upset win over the #6 ranked Baylor Bears. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, adding 15 carries for 76 yards and one score. Since this was nationally televised on ABC, the entire country got to see him perform in a big time and he came through. Not only was this performance enough to thrust his name into a Heisman conversation that really doesn’t have “the” candidate at this point in the season, but it put Oklahoma right back into the playoff mix which is what matters the most (so they say).
Mayfield is not only posting numbers comparable to former great Sooners quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Jason White (both former Heisman winners themselves), Josh Heupel and 2010 Landry Jones, but his numbers are similar to other Heisman wining quarterbacks since 2000.
He has the big moments against Tennessee and Baylor, but with games looming against TCU and an undefeated Oklahoma State, Mayfield has a chance to get invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony and have his team in contention for the College Football Playoffs.