The Buzz: What they’re saying about the 2017 Heisman finalists

We’ve rounded up a bunch of the buzz and reaction to the announcement of the 2017 Heisman finalists from media, schools, coaches, fans and the players themselves:

Lamar Jackson

“I’m honored to be chosen as a finalist with these two outstanding players. They both had great seasons and deserve this tremendous honor. I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for achieving this honor together,” — Jackson, upon being named a finalist.

“I’m so proud of Lamar for what he’s accomplished on the field and off. To have an opportunity to become only the second player in the history of college football to win this prestigious award twice speaks to talent and drive Lamar has to be one of the game’s greatest players of all time. He’s the ultimate competitor and winner, and is one of the greatest young men I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach. He comes to the facility every day with a smile on his face and works extremely hard to get better each and every day. He’s a very special player, and I’m not sure we will ever see a player with his type of talent ever again,” — Louisvillle head coach Bobby Petrino.

News & Opinion
Lamar Jackson is going back to New York this weekend as a Heisman finalist Louisville Courier Journal.
Jackson is the youngest player to be twice named a Heisman finalistAustin American Statesman.
Jackson’s 2017 campaign was better than his 2016 campaignLouisville Courier Journal.

Social Media Reaction

Bryce Love

“I’m honored and thankful for the opportunity to attend. The hard work, the long days, all my teammates … It puts those things into perspective. I’m proud to represent the team, the University and the staff,”Love, upon being named a finalist.

“I’m excited about this opportunity for him. It’s not just about winning the award but the recognition across the country of what he’s accomplished….He’s a special football player and deserves a lot of the credit. I know the guys around helped him and he’ll he the first to say it,” — Stanford coach David Shaw.

News & Opinion
Wake Forest, NC, native Love named Heisman finalistWRAL Sports.
Why Bryce Love should win the
3 Reasons why Bryce Love should win the
As a Heisman Trophy finalist, Love is a triangle trend-setter — The News & Observer.

Social Media Reaction

Baker Mayfield

News & Opinion
Baker Mayfield named finalist, remains favoriteDallas Morning News.
Mayfield unlike any quarterback Georgia has faced — Chattanooga Times Free Press.
5 scariest aspects of Mayfield’s game — Saturday Down South.
Mayfield is ‘like Brett Favre’ — Norman Transcript.’

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