Baker Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy last year and some would say finally. It feels like Mayfield has been at the ceremony every year and seen it go home with someone else despite his talent on the field. And he has been in New York for the past three years finishing in the top four.
Sure, Mayfield has had some questionable antics the past year from his arrest in February to his recent stunt against Kansas where he made an inappropriate gesture that resulted in him not starting his the final game of the regular season. I also want to throw it out there that his planting of the flag after their win against Ohio State shouldn’t be seen as a ding against his character because he was merely responding to Ohio State’s own actions when they beat the Sooners the previous year, so really I commend him for that action because it shows that he cares about his team’s reputation and won’t allow any school disrespect them.
It should also be noted that Mayfield isn’t a bad guy, he’s just a young guy who lets his emotions get the best of him or just forgets that he’s on a large character on a big stage where everyone is waiting for him to mess up. He did acknowledge during the ceremony that he’s still got a lot of room to grow and that’s exactly what I want to hear from a young guy about to begin his professional football career.
Part of the reason that I’m happy Mayfield won the Heisman is because he’s the first player to win the trophy as a walk on, which hes done twice in his collegiate career. He’s fought his way from the walk on to the starter of a big stage college program. He’s shown that he has the talent to lead the program to a National Championship.
Mainly I just feel like it was Mayfield’s time to win. He’s been there twice before and watched guys more talented than him take the trophy home and those losses have driven him to a tremendous season. And he’s finally been rewarded for his hard work over his 47 collegiate games.
Now the only thing Baker Mayfield needs to end his collegiate career on the best note possible is to win the National Championship.