Now that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy. Just how close is he to being the greatest college football quarterback of all-time?
It’s not nearly as crazy as you might think for the greatest walk-on ever.
Now that Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman, when it comes to resumes and accomplishments, his career ranks up there with some of the greatest of all-time.
Remembering that college football was mainly a running back dominated sport until around 15 years ago, the stats hold up, the wins are there, and the story is incredible.
Of course he’s not the most talented quarterback ever. Of course he never had the tools, and of course he doesn’t have the same look, body, height, and bulk of some of the great prospects.
But that’s partly what made Baker, Baker.
It’s that feistiness, that chip on his shoulder, and that attitude that seemed to be that driving force throughout his entire career. And if that meant he was going to bust out and plant something when he won in Columbus, or wasn’t going to back down when disrespected in Lawrence, or was going to come off as a bit prickly at times, that’s just part of the deal.
And it’s that mindset that led the way to the late rally to beat Texas, and Kansas State, and to get by Oklahoma State in an epic shootout.
When it comes to accomplishments and all-time resumes, Tim Tebow and Matt Leinart are probably the best ever when it comes winning a Heisman, the stats, the conference titles, and the national championships. And that’s the one thing Mayfield needs.
He has the three straight Big 12 titles – one more conference championship than Tebow. He has far more passing yards than Leinart, and when it comes to passing efficiency, he’s walking among the gods.
Going into the College Football Playoff semifinal vs. Georgia, Mayfield is No. 1 all-time in NCAA passing efficiency, just ahead of Sam Bradford, Marcus Mariota, and Tim Tebow.
With one big game against the Bulldogs, and maybe a second to follow, he should be among the top seven in all-time passing yards, and he could even bump out Ty Detmer to get into the top five. Only Detmer and Carson Palmer (38th) are in the top 70 and won the Heisman. Danny Wuerffel is 71st.
14,320 yards, 69% completion rate, 9.8 yards per attempt, 129 touchdowns, 29 interceptions, 1,082 yards and 21 touchdowns. All in the body of a skinny little guy who’s pushing six-feet tall and built like a slot receiver.
He went into Columbus, and came away with a win.
And now, with this Heisman, he adds a necessary piece to the all-timer resume. Even if he’s not hoisting a College Football Playoff trophy on January 8th, he did it. He walked on at Oklahoma and emerged a true legend.
Plant THAT flag.