Oklahoma's Mayfield wins Walter Camp award


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 January 1.

Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected as the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Thursday.

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No other school has had more than two players win AP Player of the Year. The Heisman Trophy victor will be named Saturday night, with Mayfield, Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson the three finalists. As for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the player of the year in college football, Mayfield beat out a pair of running backs in Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Stanford's Bryce Love. "To receive this award is an honor and it's something just a few years ago I never thought would happen", Mayfield said. He was in Atlanta for the ESPN's college football awards show at the Hall of Fame.

Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick earned two major honors, claiming the Bednarik Award as the top defensive player in the country and the Jim Thorpe Award that goes to the nation's top defensive back. He also ranks second in passing touchdowns (41), third in total offense (357.7 ypg) and fourth in passing yards (333.8 per game).

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Junior tackle Orlando Brown was nominated for the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman. Love was the second-leading rusher in the nation this season.

Named the AP Player of the Year earlier Thursday, Mayfield leads the nation in completion percentage (.710), passing efficiency rating (203.8; would break his own FBS record of 196.4 set last year), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (75).

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He has 129 career touchdown passes and 14,320 yards. Iowa won the Disney Spirit Award for its new tradition of almost everyone in 70,585-seat Kinnick Stadium turning to wave to the pediatric patients watching from across the street inside the Stead Family Children's Hospital at the end of the first quarter.