Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998.

Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy favorite, easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, who came in second. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the other finalist and last year’s Heisman winner, was third.

Mayfield received 51 first-place votes from the 56 AP college football poll voters who submitted player of the year ballots, and a total of 157 points. Love (83 points) and Jackson (39 points) each received two first-place votes and Penn State running Saquon Barkley received a first-place vote and came in fourth.

Mayfield, Love and Jackson are also the finalists for the Heisman, which will be handed out Saturday night in New York.

Mayfield is a former walk-on who has led the No. 2 Sooners to the College Football Playoff, where they will play No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Mayfield leads the nation in passer efficiency rating and has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns.

He joins Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous winners from Oklahoma. No other school has had more than two players win AP Player of the Year.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, file photo, Louisville's Lamar Jackson poses with the Heisman Trophy after winning the award, in New York. If anything, Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson has been better this season than last. He has passed for 3,489 yards, ran for 1,443 yards and accounted for 42 touchdowns — another jaw-dropping performance for a Louisville team that was good, but not great. He believed he did enough to be a Heisman finalist and he got his wish. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, file photo, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson poses with the Heisman Trophy after winning the award, in New York. If anything, Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson has been better this season than last. He has passed for 3,489 yards, ran for 1,443 yards and accounted for 42 touchdowns — another jaw-dropping performance for a Louisville team that was good, but not great. He believed he did enough to be a Heisman finalist and he got his wish. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Stanford 's Bryce Love (20) runs against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Stanford, Calif. Love was selected to the AP All-Conference Pac-12 team announced Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Stanford ‘s Bryce Love (20) runs against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Stanford, Calif. Love was selected to the AP All-Conference Pac-12 team announced Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Southern California during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Love was selected to the AP All-Conference Pac-12 team announced Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Southern California during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Love was selected to the AP All-Conference Pac-12 team announced Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, center, holds his Most Outstanding Player trophy as he celebrates with the team after their 41-17 win in the the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU, in Arlington, Texas. Baker Mayfield is the AP player of the year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, center, holds his Most Outstanding Player trophy as he celebrates with the team after their 41-17 win in the the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU, in Arlington, Texas. Baker Mayfield is the AP player of the year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with the Golden Hat Trophy following the team's 29-24 win over Texas in an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Baker Mayfield is the AP player of the year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with the Golden Hat Trophy following the team’s 29-24 win over Texas in an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Baker Mayfield is the AP player of the year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) leaps over Iowa State defensive back De'Monte Ruth, bottom, in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Baker Mayfield is the AP player of the year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) leaps over Iowa State defensive back De’Monte Ruth, bottom, in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Baker Mayfield is the AP player of the year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley runs from a pack of Akron defenders during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Barkley was selected to the AP All-Conference Big Ten team announced Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley runs from a pack of Akron defenders during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Barkley was selected to the AP All-Conference Big Ten team announced Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass in the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU in Arlington, Texas. Mayfield, reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Stanford running back Bryce Love were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass in the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU in Arlington, Texas. Mayfield, reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Stanford running back Bryce Love were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles past Kentucky defensive tackle Kordell Looney during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky. Jackson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Stanford running back Bryce Love were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/David Stephenson, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles past Kentucky defensive tackle Kordell Looney during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky. Jackson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Stanford running back Bryce Love were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/David Stephenson, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) runs in front of Southern California safety Chris Hawkins (4) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Love, Louisville's Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Stanford running back Bryce Love (20) runs in front of Southern California safety Chris Hawkins (4) during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Love, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) leaps over Iowa State defensive back De'Monte Ruth, bottom, in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. This season Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, and he has rushed for 310 yards and five more scores. He will be the first quarterback to finish in the top four of the Heisman Trophy balloting three times, and he’s favored to claim the award on Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) leaps over Iowa State defensive back De’Monte Ruth, bottom, in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. This season Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, and he has rushed for 310 yards and five more scores. He will be the first quarterback to finish in the top four of the Heisman Trophy balloting three times, and he’s favored to claim the award on Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, center, holds his Most Outstanding Player trophy as he celebrates with the team after their 41-17 win in the the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU, in Arlington, Texas. This season, Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, and he has rushed for 310 yards and five more scores. He will be the first quarterback to finish in the top four of the Heisman Trophy balloting three times, and he’s favored to claim the award on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, center, holds his Most Outstanding Player trophy as he celebrates with the team after their 41-17 win in the the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU, in Arlington, Texas. This season, Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, and he has rushed for 310 yards and five more scores. He will be the first quarterback to finish in the top four of the Heisman Trophy balloting three times, and he’s favored to claim the award on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with the Golden Hat Trophy following the team's 29-24 win over Texas in an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Mayfield will be the first quarterback to finish in the top four of the Heisman Trophy balloting three times, and he’s favored to claim the award on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates with the Golden Hat Trophy following the team’s 29-24 win over Texas in an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Mayfield will be the first quarterback to finish in the top four of the Heisman Trophy balloting three times, and he’s favored to claim the award on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)


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