Baker Mayfield named 2017 AP Player of the Year

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson of Louisville are Heisman finalists for the second straight year and will be joined in NY for the presentation ceremony by Stanford running back Bryce Love.

Mayfield is in Atlanta with Mackey Award victor Mark Andrews and offensive lineman Orlando Brown, who is up for the Outland Trophy. And what's a good campaign without a little political slander?

Mayfield is the front-runner for the coveted Heisman Trophy, which will be announced Saturday night.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Stanford running back Bryce Love are the other finalists. Last season, the Cardinals went 9-4 (7-1 in ACC play) while making it to the prestigious Citrus Bowl.

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Mayfield returns to NY, where he finished third in the 2016 voting and will likely become the first candidate to win the award after being selected as a finalist the previous season since USC's Reggie Bush in 2005. Mayfield leads the nation in efficiency rating at 203.76 and has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns.

"I'm honored to be chosen as a finalist with these two outstanding players", Jackson said in a statement. I wouldn't be here without those guys and I'm happy I get to enjoy this trip with two of my teammates, even though I think all of them deserve to be here with us.

Andrews led the Sooners in receptions and paced the nation's tight ends with 906 receiving yards, thriving as Mayfield's most dependable target in all game situations.

Griffin won back-to-back Heisman trophies for Ohio State in 1974 and '75. He's averaging 8.3 yards per carry, has 17 touchdowns and set the FBS record with 12 runs of at least 50 yards this season. He was also 2 for 2 passing with a touchdown. Penny had big games against Pac-12 teams Stanford and Arizona State early in the season but was held in check by San Diego State's top Mountain West rivals, Fresno State and Boise State.

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