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QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma Wins Heisman Trophy in Landslide

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QB Baker Mayfield Wins Heisman Trophy

QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma completed an incredible road to the Heisman Trophy award Saturday night when he earned 732 first-place votes and the most prestigious award in sports. Mayfield’s journey included walking on at Oklahoma after spending a year as a walk-on at Texas Tech. His outstanding senior season won the 83rd Heisman trophy this year in a wide margin after being a 2016 finalist.

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Mayfield collected 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points in the voting totals. He finished ahead of Stanford running back Bryce Love (1,300 total points) and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville (793).
The Sooners QB had the 3rd-highest % of total points in a Heisman-winning vote since 1950. His 86 percent trailed only Marcus Mariota's 90.9 percent (Oregon, 2014) and Troy Smith's 91.6 percent (Ohio State, 2006).

Mayfield became the first senior to win the Heisman since Smith in 2006. On Thursday night, he won the Davey O'Brien (best QB) and Maxwell (player of the year) awards. The Associated Press and Walter Camp awards also named him their player of the year.

Mayfield led #2 Oklahoma to a 12-1 record and a Big 12 championship this season. On Jan. 1, the Sooners will take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl Game in the semifinal round of the College Football Playoff.

The NCAA began allowing athletic scholarships in 1950 and yet no player ever won the Heisman Trophy who started his career as a walk-on. Mayfield, the Oklahoma quarterback whose storybook saga began with him walking on at Texas Tech, captured the 83rd Heisman in a landslide victory.

Baker Mayfield became a star quarterback at Oklahoma and led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff 2017. "It's a dream right now," he said.
"This is unbelievable for me, being up here among these greats," Mayfield said upon receiving the award with past Heisman winners standing behind him. "It's something that words can't even describe. God has put me in this position that I'm so blessed, and a lot of times I wonder why. But it's such an honor to be up here. It's unbelievable."

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Mayfield has put together one of the most impressive individual offensive seasons in the college football history. The Sooners will open the playoff against Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

Mayfield completed 71% of his passes and thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 TDs with only five interceptions. He is averaging 11.8 yards per passing attempt, which would shatter the FBS record that he set last season.

His NFL Draft 2018 journey will begin after the College playoffs where his height will become an issues. He will create a wide range of options and will be a ‘Wild card’ prospect in one of the best QB classes over the past few decades.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Heisman Finalists - Lamar Jackson, Bryce Love and Baker Mayfield

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Jackson, Love and Mayfield
Named 2017 Heisman Finalists

The 2017 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN.
Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard ('91) and Charles Woodson ('97) this week that the finalists for the 83rd annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN's 6:00 PM EST telecast of its Monday Night Countdown show.

The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 9, which will broadcast live on ESPN starting at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

Jackson, a true junior, is the reigning Heisman winner and a two-time Heisman finalist. He aims to become the first two-time Heisman winner since Archie Griffin in 1974-75. He joins Ty Detmer, Jason White, Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel as Heisman winners who made it back to New York as a finalist. The 6-3, 218-pound Jackson, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., guided the Cardinals to an 8-4 record while accumulating 4,932 yards of total offense and 42 total touchdowns. He threw for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air and racked up 1,443 yards and 17 scores on the ground to become the first player to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in two seasons.

Love, a true junior, is Stanford's sixth Heisman finalist and seeks to join Jim Plunkett ('70) as his school's second Heisman winner. The lightning-quick 5-10, 195-pound true junior from Wake Forest, NC, rushed for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns this fall, averaging a stellar 8.32 yards per carry. Despite missing one game due to injury and being hobbled in other games, he was second in the nation in rushing and led the nation with 10 runs of 50 yards or more. The Cardinal finished 9-4 and earned a trip to the Alamo Bowl.

Mayfield, a redshirt senior, is a repeat finalist after finishing third in the vote in 2016. He has a chance to become the sixth Sooner Heisman winner and the first Heisman winner to begin his career as a "walk-on" athlete. He's also one of seven players to finish in the top 5 of the Heisman vote three times, joining Heisman legends Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard of Army, Doak Walker of SMU, Archie Griffin of Ohio State, Herschel Walker of Georgia and Tim Tebow of Florida. Mayfield is on pace to shatter his own NCAA record for passing efficiency with a mark of 203.76. The 6-1, 222-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns, with another 310 yards and five scores on the ground while leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record, the Big 12 title and a berth in the College Football Playoff. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 929 voters, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America.

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"It's a pleasure to welcome these three outstanding players to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to recognizing their remarkable individual accomplishments and celebrating the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night."

Tickets are still available for the 83rd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on Sunday, December 10, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Gary Beban (UCLA, 1967) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Gino Torretta (Miami (Fla.), 1992) on the 25th Anniversary of his award and Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) on the 10th anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize legendary pro golfer Ernie Els as the 2017 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his support of people with autism.

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

QB Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy Award in Landslide

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Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy Award in Landslide

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Louisville's QB Lamar Jackson wins the 82nd Heisman Trophy Award winner in a landslide over a group of four other finalists. Jackson beat out Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma's duo of QB Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook for the award. Jackson is the 14th QB to win the award in the last 17 years.

Only a 19-year-old true sophomore, Jackson is the youngest player in history to win the Heisman Trophy. Actually, he is only five days younger than Florida St's Jameis Winston was when he received the honor at age 19. He is the first Louisville player to win the award and the first ACC player to win the trophy other than a Florida St. QB.

Jackson led the Cardinals to a 9-3 record in 2016, completing 57.6 percent of his passes while racking up 3,390 passing yards, 30 TDs and 9 interceptions. He also ran for 1,538 yards and 21 TDs. His 51 total touchdowns were 2nd in the nation to Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, and he was the only player to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in 2016 and the first player to do so since Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch in 2012.

The sophomore QB became the first player in FBS history to post 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a single season. He was a super dual threat from opening day and a difference maker in the Cardinals success. The former three-star South Florida recruit performed like a true superstar. He is only a sophomore, and he’ll enter next season as a favorite to win the Heisman award again. The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in history is former Ohio St. running back Archie Griffin during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

Jackson led the voting with 2,144 points, more than 600 points ahead of Watson in second place. Jackson's margin of victory is the sixth largest of all-time.

Here is Voting Results
1. Lamar Jackson: 2,144 points
2. Deshaun Watson: 1,524 points
3. Baker Mayfield: 361 points
4. Dede Westbrook: 209 points
5. Jabrill Peppers: 208 points

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Finalists

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Lamar Jackson and Jabrill Peppers Head Five Heisman Trophy Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy are: Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan), Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma).

Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard ('91) and Charles Woodson ('97) announced earlier this week that the finalists for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN's Countdown show.

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

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The five finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 10, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan.

Lamar Jackson - 6’3” 215 lbs. - True sophomore and Louisville's first Heisman finalist. The athletic Jackson, who hails from Pompano Beach, Fla., guided the Cardinals to a 9-3 record while accumulating 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total TDs. He threw for 3,390 yards and 30 TDs through the air and racked up 1,538 yards and 21 scores on the ground to become just the third player to pass for 30 TDs and rush for 20 TDs in the same season. He is also the first player in FBS history with 3,300 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a season. For his efforts, Jackson was named the ACC's Player of the Year recently.

Baker Mayfield - 6’1” 215 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Dede Westbrook as the school's first since Sam Bradford won the trophy in 2008. Mayfield, a redshirt junior, led the nation in passing efficiency this season with a mark of 197.75, which currently stands above the FBS mark of 191.8 set by Wisconsin's Russell Wilson in 2011. The 6-1, 212-pounder from Austin, Texas, threw for 3,669 yards and 38 TDs while leading the Sooners to a 10-2 record and the Big 12 title. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

Jabrill Peppers - 6’1” 205 lbs. - Michigan's fifth Heisman finalist and first since Chris Perry in 2003. He is the first defensive player to be named a Heisman finalist since Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in 2012. The versatile 6-1, 205-pound true junior from East Orange, NJ, was all over the field for the Wolverines this season, totaling 71 tackles, including 15 behind the line of scrimmage, one interception, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 167 rushing yards (with three TDs), 310 yards punt return yards (with 1 TD) and 260 yards on kickoff returns. Logged 933 snaps this season for the Wolverines and played 15 different positions, seeing action on offense (53 plays), defense (726 plays) and special teams (154). He helped lead Michigan to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl. One of the most dynamic returners in the country.

Deshaun Watson - 6’2” 210 lbs. - Returns for a second-straight year to the Heisman ceremony after finishing third in the voting in 2015. The true junior from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,914 yards and 37 TDs while also rushing for 529 yards and 6 scores. His 4,443 yards of total offense was eighth-best nationally while his combined 43 TDs running and passing was tied for fourth-best among Power 5 conference players. The 6-2, 210-pounder led Clemson to its second-straight ACC title as well as its second-consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff.

Dede Westbrook - 6’ 175 lbs. - One of eight Oklahoma players to be named a Heisman finalist and joins teammate Baker Mayfield as the first Sooner to be so honored since Sam Bradford won the Heisman in 2008. The 6-0, 176-pound senior from Cameron, Texas, caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards and a school-record 16 TD receptions as Oklahoma finished 10-2 and won the Big 12 title. He was second among all Power 5 players in receiving yardage and third in receiving yardage per game while averaging a stellar 19.81 yards per catch. One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook is the first receiver to be named a Heisman finalist since Amari Cooper in 2014.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 929 voters, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan.

"This outstanding class of Heisman finalists represent the best in College Football this season. We are excited to welcome the next Heisman Trophy winner into the elite Heisman fraternity this weekend." said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust.

Tickets are still available for the 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Monday, December 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where three former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Steve Spurrier (Florida, 1966) on the 50th Anniversary of his award, Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1991) on the 25th Anniversary of his award and Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006) on the 10th anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize NFL Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota State Justice Alan Page as the 2016 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his support of educational opportunities for at-risk youth.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.heisman.com or by calling The Heisman Trophy Trust at (212) 425-7000.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Tide’s Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy 2015

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Derrick Henry Wins Heisman Trophy 2015
Christian McCaffrey's Charge Comes up Short

Derrick Henry capped a terrific junior campaign in which he rushed for an SEC-record 1,986 yards on 339 carries and a conference-record-tying 23 TDs with the coveted Heisman Trophy award. Henry beat out runner Christian McCaffrey and QB Deshaun Watson while winning five of the six voting regions. Henry has lead Alabama to the College Football Playoffs on December 31st in the semi finals vs Michigan St.

Photo - RB Derrick Henry - Alabama

"I'm just so thankful to have this trophy," Henry said. "It's just a blessing and an honor."

The Heisman Trophy has been a QB award for almost all of the last decade and a half, but Derrick Henry's season was too good for voters to ignore. The SEC rushing mark was previously held by 1982 Heisman winner Herschel Walker.

Henry finished with 1,832 points in the voting, followed by Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (1,539), making it four second-place finishes for Cardinal players in seven seasons. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson (1,165) finished third. Henry won five of six voting regions, with McCaffrey winning only the Far West. Henry was considered a strong favorite going in, though McCaffrey had a huge final month that made the voting closer.

"I didn't know at all," he said. "Those two guys were great contenders for the trophy. Deshaun, with how consistent and efficient he is at the quarterback position, all the success he had, I was kind of worried. Christian, breaking Barry Sanders' record, doing all the things he does, he's just unbelievable."

"My heart was about to bust out my chest. I thought I was going to have a heart attack," he said.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who some thought should have been among the finalists sent to New York, finished 4th with 334 points. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds finished 5th with 180 points, the highest service academy finisher since Roger Staubach won it in 1963.

Henry is the first running back to claim the Heisman since 2009, when Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram became the first Alabama player ever to win the award. In 2009, Ingram edged runner-up Toby Gerhart -- a Stanford running back -- by a single percentage point, the narrowest margin of victory in the history of the award. The Heisman went to quarterbacks in the five years that followed.

Derrick Henry was the most productive FBS back this year, not only leading the nation in carries, yards and TDs but also setting several SEC records along the way.

Derrick Henry 2015 Season
FBS Rank

Rushes 339 1st
Rush yds 1,986* 1st
Rush TDs 23* 1st
* Set or tied SEC single-season record

"I know that our entire organization is really happy, happy, happy for Derrick Henry tonight, winning the Heisman Trophy," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Henry became the first Power 5 player to win the Heisman after leading the FBS in carries, rushing yards and rushing TDs. Each of the previous three finalists since 1982 (the first year multiple players were invited to attend the ceremony) to lead in all three categories came up just short in the Heisman race.

On Thursday night, Henry also beat McCaffrey for the Doak Walker Award as the country's top running back, and became the first running back since 2002 to win the Maxwell Award, which is given to college football's player of the year. He is the first running back to win the Maxwell Award and Heisman Trophy since Ron Dayne in 1999
Led FBS in rush attempts, yards, TDs
Power 5 players since 1982

Year/Player/Heisman finish
2015 Derrick Henry 1st
2009 Toby Gerhart 2nd
1989 Anthony Thompson 2nd
1984 Keith Byars 2nd

2015 Heisman Trophy voting
1st Place / Total / Points

1. Derrick Henry, Alabama 378 1,832
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 290 1,539
3. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 148 1,165
4. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 34 334
5. Keenan Reynolds, Navy 20 180
6. Leonard Fournette, LSU 10 110
7. Dalvin Cook, Florida State 7 79
8. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State 5 57
T-9. Connor Cook, Michigan State 2 13
T-9. Trevone Boykin, TCU 1 13

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

2015 Heisman Finalists - Henry, McCaffrey & Watson

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Henry, McCaffrey & Watson
Named 2015 Heisman Finalists

The 2015 Heisman Winner will be announced this Saturday on ESPN.

NEW YORK, NY (December, 2015) - Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams ('98) announced tonight that the finalists for the 81st annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN2's 6:00 PM EST telecast of SportsCenter.

The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 12, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America.

Derrick Henry – Alabama - Tide's fifth Heisman finalist in the last seven years and the school's seventh overall. The true junior from Yulee, Fla., rumbled his way to an SEC single-season-record 1,986 rushing yards, while tying the conference mark for rushing touchdowns with 23. His rushing yardage total led the nation, as did his number of rushing attempts (339). The 6-3, 242-pounder was just the third running back in SEC history (Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson being the others) to have four 200-yard games in a single season. He would be the second Alabama player (and second Crimson Tide running back) to win the Heisman, joining 2009 winner Mark Ingram. He'd also be the second Heisman winner under Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Christian McCaffrey – Stanford – Cardinal’s fourth Heisman finalist in the last seven years and the school's fifth overall. The true sophomore running back from Castle Rock, Colo., set the FBS record for single-season all-purpose yardage with 3,496 yards, surpassing the previous standard of 3,250 yards set by Barry Sanders in 1988. McCaffrey showed his versatility by finishing fifth in the nation in rushing with 1,847 yards while also adding 540 yards on 41 receptions and 1,109 yards on kick and punt returns. He scored 12 touchdowns and passed for two more. The 6-0, 201-pounder would be the second Cardinal player to capture the Heisman, joining 1970 winner Jim Plunkett.

Deshaun Watson – Clemson - Tiger's first Heisman finalist and thus would be the school's first Heisman winner. The true sophomore from Gainesville, Ga., passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns while also rushing for 887 yards and 11 scores. His 4,399 yards of total offense was fourth-best nationally while his combined 41 touchdowns running and passing was second-best among Power 5 conferences. He was the only player in the nation with more than 750 rushing yards and over 3,000 passing yards. The 6-2, 210-pounder was named the ACC Player of the Year as No. 1 Clemson -- the nation's only undefeated team -- recorded its best season since 1981.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman winner, is comprised of 928 electors, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America.

"We're honored to invite these three outstanding finalists to New York for the 2015 Heisman Trophy ceremony," said Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. "We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and welcoming one of them into the Heisman family."

Tickets are still available for the 81st Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner Gala on Monday, December 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winner will be presented with his award at this event, where two former Heisman winners will also be recognized: Mike Garrett (USC, 1965) on the 50th Anniversary of his award and Ty Detmer (Brigham Young, 1990) on the 25th Anniversary of his award. The Trust will also recognize former NFL all-star quarterback Boomer Esiason as the 2015 Heisman Humanitarian Award winner for his tireless efforts fighting cystic fibrosis.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

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Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy
Heisman Trophy Voting

Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide.
A look at the voting:

Player Total 1st
1. Marcus Mariota - 2,534 - 788
2. Melvin Gordon - 1,250 - 37
3. Amari Cooper - 1,023 - 49
4. Trevone Boykin - 218 - 8
5. J.T. Barrett - 78 - 0
6. Jameis Winston - 51 - 4
7. Tevin Coleman - 44 - 2
8. Dak Prescott - 42 - 2
9. Scooby Wright III - 21 - 0
10. Bryce Petty - 13 - 1
-- Max possible points: 2,787

Photo – QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon

Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points (90.92) in Heisman history, behind only Ohio State QB Troy Smith, who had 91.63 in 2006. Southern California tailback Reggie Bush received 91.77 percent of possible points in 2005, but his victory was later vacated for violating NCAA rules.

Mariota is the first Hawaii native to win the Heisman and accounted for a Pac-12-record 53 TDs (38 passing, 14 rushing and one receiving) while directing the Ducks spread offense.
"In Hawaii, if one person is successful, the entire state is successful,'' he said, draped in leis at his news conference.

In the inaugural College Football Playoff, Mariota and the No. 2 Ducks will take on 2013 Heisman winner QB Jameis Winston on New Year’s day in the Rose Bowl national title semi-final.

Ducks QB Marcus Mariota took home 90.9 percent of the possible points in the Heisman Trophy voting, the second-highest mark in the past 50 years:

Year / Player / Pct.
2006 Troy Smith 91.6
2014 Marcus Mariota 90.9
1998 Ricky Williams 85.2
1993 Charlie Ward 83.8
2010 Cam Newton 81.5
1968 O.J. Simpson 79.3
2013 Jameis Winston 79.1

Mariota had a consistently strong 2014season with only for the early October to Arizona a blemish on his and the Ducks’ record. They avenged that loss with an impressive Pac 12 title win over Arizona.

He leads the nation in passer rating (186.2), is fifth in total offense (342.5 yards per game) and has led the Ducks to a Pac-12 title with a chance to play for their first national championship.

He didn't start for his high school team until he was a senior -- then led Saint Louis in Honolulu to a state title. A quiet leader with a nice-guy reputation, Mariota brought no off-field baggage to this Heisman

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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