Few players among the college football ranks are quite as captivating as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The Sooners senior gunslinger has guided OU to a 5-1 record — one headlined with a 31-16 win over then-No. 2 Ohio State — and is amid his best Heisman-worthy effort yet.
While Mayfield will have the wait another six games to figure out if he’s finally gotten over his Heisman hump or not after finishing in the top four each of the previous two seasons, he was honored as college football’s midseason ‘Fearless Leader,’ according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com.
“This award goes to the best pure leader in college football and there is no better leader than Mayfield, who reminds me a lot of a Brett Favre – (without the cannon), Aaron Rodgers-type who will run through a wall for his team and leads by example. NFL scouts take notice; stop sleeping on Mayfield.”
Much of what makes Mayfield such a tantalizing talent isn’t evident in the stat sheet, although he’s fingerprints are all over that each week, as well.
Rather, it’s his hyper-confident alpha male personality that’s radiated throughout the Sooners during his two-and-a-half-year tenure and 27-5 record as a Sooner. Now halfway through his final effort among the collegiate ranks, Mayfield’s reputation as a ‘Fearless Leader’ has paved the way for Oklahoma to potentially make the College Football Playoff and more personally, an opportunity for to finally take home the Heisman trophy.
Six games into the season, Mayfield leads the nation with a passer efficiency rating of 207.3, having completed 117 of 161 attempts for 1,937 yards, 17 touchdowns, and just 1 interception.