Jackson's, Love's and Mayfield's fate will be in the hands of the 929 Heisman Trophy voters. And what's a good campaign without a little political slander?
Mayfield was sublime in that 2016 season, making a trip to NY as a Heisman finalist, but in 2017, he was next-level great, running an offense that exceeded an already historic yards per play in 2016 by a full yard in 2017, and leading Oklahoma to its second berth in the College Football Playoff. He's a big part of the reason Mayfield was so upset Oklahoma wasn't a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation's best O-line.
While OU is preparing to take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl, one Sooner star is heading to New York City for a different competition. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2015, but was not invited to NY.
A dual-threat quarterback, Jackson led the nation with 411 total yards per game while winning his second consecutive ACC Player of the Year Award. "He's put up numbers all year, played outstanding". 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.
Griffin won back-to-back Heismans for Ohio State in 1974 and '75. While Louisville closed on a high note, they entered November with a 5-4 record and Jackson was forced to play out the final games of his season out of the spotlight. An ankle injury slowed Love the last month of the season, but he still led the nation in rushes of at least 50 yards with 12.
Not making that cut was a couple of talented running backs. 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.