Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baker Mayfield a Finalist for Davey O'Brien National QB Award and Burlsworth Trophy

Baker Mayfield, a junior who began his career at Texas Tech as a walk-on before transferring to OU, also a walk-on, leads the country in pass efficiency rating (180.7) and yards per pass attempt (9.8), and ranks fourth in passing touchdowns per game (3.0), fifth in points responsible for per game (21.3) and seventh in completion percentage (68.7).

Mayfield has thrown for at least one touchdown in all 11 games and has passed for at least three scores in eight contests. He has already tied the school single-season record for most touchdown passes of at least 70 yards with four. He has 39 total touchdowns this year (33 passing) with only five turnovers.

The Austin, Texas, product set the OU record for passing yards in a season opener with 388 (in only three quarters of play) in a 41-3 win over Akron. At No. 23 Tennessee the next game he rallied the Sooners from a 17-0 deficit with touchdowns on their last four possessions in a 31-24 double-overtime win.

Against Tulsa the following week, Mayfield set the OU single-game record for total offense (572 yards; the most by an FBS player this year) and tied the school record by accounting for six touchdowns (four passing). His 487 passing yards in the game stand as the fourth most in OU history, and his 226.6 pass efficiency rating was the highest by a Sooner with more than 30 attempts in a game.

Oct. 17 at Kansas State, Mayfield tied the school record for touchdown passes in a half with five in the first 30 minutes as OU took a 35-0 lead to the locker room. And four weeks ago at Kansas, he threw for 332 yards in the first half, the second most in a half in school history.

Mayfield joins TCU's Trevone Boykin and Clemson's Deshaun Watson as finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, which will be announced live on "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show on Thursday, Dec. 10. All three finalists will attend the festivities that day in Atlanta, Ga. The 39th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mayfield is looking to join former Sooners Jason White (2003 and '04) and Sam Bradford (2008) as Davey O'Brien Award winners.

Joining Mayfield as finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is annually awarded to the country's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on, are Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk.

For the purposes of the award, a walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with an FBS program without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.

The Burlsworth Trophy is named in honor of former University of Arkansas walk-on offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who became a three-year Razorback starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected 63rd overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities.

The Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club will host an awards ceremony on Dec. 7 in Springdale to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2015 winner. Former East Carolina receiver Justin Hardy won the award last year under the direction of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who now serves in the same capacity at Oklahoma. Hardy set the NCAA all-time receiving record with 355 catches.

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