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On Monday evening, the finalists were announced for the 2017 Heisman Trophy.

Jackson will look to defend his title against Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Stanford running back Bryce Love.

Jackson's also rushed for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns on 208 carries, averaging almost 7 yards per rush. In 13 games for the Sooners, Mayfield has completed 71.0 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Running backs Saquon Barkley of Penn State, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State and Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor, all considered Heisman candidates, were not finalists for college football's most prestigious award.

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A year ago, Mayfield made the trip to NY, his first ever to the Big Apple, with teammate Dede Westbrook as the pair were finalists together.

Love, meanwhile, totaled 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground in 2017.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has been named one of three finalists for the 2017 Heisman Trophy.

The senior finished in fourth in 2015 before climbing up to third in 2016, throwing 76 touchdown passes between those two seasons. He also has five rushing touchdowns on the year. The Sooners will be playing in its second College Football Playoff with Mayfield in the 'gun. The QB was stripped of his captaincy a couple weeks ago after making a lewd gesture during Oklahoma's win over Kansas. Mayfield, is on pace to break his own NCAA record for passing efficiency with a mark of 203.76. Considering he was averaging 198 yards per game in the first seven weeks before he suffered an ankle injury, it's hard to imagine what he could have done had he stayed fully healthy all season.

Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy and vies to be the second two-time victor.


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