Notes from the 83rd Heisman Ceremony

The Vote

Percentage of ballots on which the top 3 appeared:
Baker Mayfield — 91.17%
Bryce Love — 78.47%
Lamar Jackson — 54.04%

By comparison, the 2016 winner, Lamar Jackson, was named on 90.53% of ballots. Last year’s runner up, DeShaun Watson, was on 73.63% of ballots.

Percentage of ballots received by week
— 11% of ballots were received prior to the kick-off of the Pac-12 Championship game.
— 83% of ballots were received after the completion of the ACC and Big Ten Championship games.

Number of ballots received and tabulated
898 out of 929 (97%)

Number of players receiving votes, by place:
First — 16 players
Second — 24
Third — 39
Total players receiving votes — 43
(48 players received votes in 2016)

Notes on Baker Mayfield

– Mayfield’s 732 first-place votes are the fifth-most in Heisman history.
– He received 86% of total possible points, the third-most all-time behind Troy Smith (91.63%) and Marcus Mariota (90.92%).
– He is the first Heisman winner to start his career as a walk-on athlete since athletic scholarships were created in the 1950s.
– He is the sixth Heisman winner from Oklahoma and first since Sam Bradford in 2008.
– He is the first senior to win the Heisman since Troy Smith in 2006.
– He is the eighth Heisman winner born in Texas.
– He is the 11th player from a current Big 12 school to win the Heisman and first since Robert Griffin III in 2011.
– He is the 33rd quarterback to win the Heisman and 15th in the last 17 years.
– He set the Heisman record for passing efficiency with a passer rating of 203.76, topping Robert Griffin III’s 192.31 in 2011.
– His 4,650 yards of total offense is the fourth-highest total in Heisman history.
– His 4,340 passing yards is the fourth-most in Heisman history and the most since Sam Bradford threw for 4,464 in 2008.
– His 41 TD passes are fourth-best in Heisman history and the most since Sam Bradford threw 48 in 2008.
– His 46 total touchdowns running and passing are the seventh-best TD total in Heisman history.
– His 71% completion percentage is second-best in Heisman history behind Griffin III’s 72.3% in 2011.
– He joins Cam Newton and Felix ‘Doc’ Blanchard as the only other Heisman winners to start their careers at another FBS school.
– He joins Felix ‘Doc’ Blanchard as the only other Heisman winner to win the Heisman after transferring directly from another FBS school.
– He is the first player to win the Heisman wearing No. 6.
– He is the fourth Heisman winner to take part in the College Football Playoff, joining Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry.
– At 22 years, 7 months and 25 days, he’d be the oldest Heisman winner since Jason White (’03)

Notes on Bryce Love

– Love is the sixth Heisman runner up from Stanford, the most of any school. All but one has come since 2009.
– He is the 12th time a player from a current Pac-12 team to finish second in the Heisman vote.
– His is the 11th top 5 Heisman finish by a Stanford player.

Notes on Lamar Jackson

– His third place finish is the highest finish by a returning Heisman winner since Tim Tebow placed third in 2008.