How our four voters filled out their Heisman Trophy ballots — and why


How our four voters filled out their Heisman Trophy ballots this year — and why:

KIRK BOHLS

Voter since: 1979

My ballot: 1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; 2. Bryce Love, Stanford; 3. Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Mayfield’s been grabbing stuff for years, so why shouldn’t he latch on to the biggest prize in college football? He’s grabbed a flag at Ohio State. He grabbed something more private against Kansas. And he’s been grabbing attention almost from the moment he won a state championship at Lake Travis.

More important, he’s produced in such a big way that one Oklahoma school official told me Mayfield may be “the most beloved football player in school history.” And one of the most vilified by his rivals.

With apologies to the Selmon brothers, that insider might be correct. There have been few players as big-time as Mayfield, who’s the best in the clutch, maybe the most competitive college quarterback since Tim Tebow and a star who wowed on a national stage even though no one wanted him out of high school and he walked on to not one, but two programs. Now he’s walking off as the best player in his sport.

BRIAN DAVIS

Voter since: 2004

My ballot: 1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; 2. Bryce Love, Stanford; 3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville

The Heisman Trophy should go to the most valuable player in college football. Take Mayfield away from Oklahoma and there’s no way the Sooners go 12-1 and reach the College Football Playoff. His antics have been way overblown this season, but here in 2017, some are simply looking to be aggrieved.

If he were playing for your team, you’d absolutely love it. There’s simply no better walk-on rags-to-championship riches story in college football. We could use a few more Mayfields, frankly. He’s got the swagger and the stats to back it up.

SUZANNE HALLIBURTON

Voter since: 2007

My ballot: 1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; 2. Bryce Love, Stanford; 3. Saquon Barkley, Penn State

I’ll be honest here. I thought about dropping Mayfield on my ballot because of the taunting issues he had against almost half the teams he played in the regular season. You can play passionately and have integrity. Mayfield showed that in the Big 12 championship.

Mayfield is the best player this year, leading the nation with an incredible quarterback efficiency rating of 203.76 and 75 completions of at least 20 yards. Love led all Power Five backs with 1,973 yards. He also led the nation with 23 plays of 30-plus yards. And Barkley could do it all, from power running to receiving to returning kickoffs for touchdowns.

CEDRIC GOLDEN

Voter since: 2009

My ballot: 1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; 2. Bryce Love, Stanford; 3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville

The Heisman Trophy is supposed to go to the player who had the best season in college football. On my ballot, that was Mayfield. Like him or not, Mayfield was must-see football. I didn’t agree with some of his antics during games, but his talent and leadership were undeniable.

Love was the best running back by a hair over Penn State’s Saquon Barkley but not quite good enough to supplant Mayfield, though I see him having a great NFL career. I had to go with Jackson with my third vote because of the sheer volume of numbers he produced on a team that wasn’t that great. He totaled 411 yards per game, which was 18 yards more per game than he produced last season.



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