Baker Mayfield and Joel Lanning have been named finalists for the Lombardi Award, according to a press release from the award’s committee.
The other finalists include Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, Stanford’s Bryce Love, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, and UCF’s Shaquem Griffin.
The Big 12 is the only conference with two representatives. The list was cut from 21 finalists to seven finalists on Monday.
“The Houston-based Lombardi Foundation is proud to announce seven finalists for the 2017 Lombardi Award, to be presented to an NCAA Division I player, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency,” read a release from the Lombardi Award.
Alabama’s Jonathan Allen won the award last year.
Mayfield threw for 12,292 yards and 119 touchdowns at Oklahoma. His senior season ended with a heartbreaking loss to Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Lanning switched positions from quarterback to linebacker in the offseason, and excelled by all standards, posting 51 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and six sacks. He also returned to the quarterback position in special packages, and completed 75 percent of his passes and had a touchdown.