NEW YORK (AP) Baker Mayfield is in many ways the perfect college football player: Good enough to play at an elite level, but because he is not an ideal NFL prospect, he stuck around long enough to lead Oklahoma to three Big 12 championships and two playoff appearances.
Mayfield is the clear favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night and become the first senior to take home the award since Ohio State's Troy Smith in 2006. Mayfield has at least one more game to impress NFL scouts. Maybe two. The second-ranked Sooners play Georgia in the College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
Then it will be time for the former walk-on to once again prove some folks wrong. Listed at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds - and that might be a stretch - Mayfield is not the prototype NFL quarterback prospect, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the most prolific passers in college football history.