Baker Mayfield wins Maxwell Award

SMU head coach Chad Morris watches from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis in Memphis Tenn

Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield wins Maxwell Award

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the best quarterback, on Thursday night to open this year's college football awards.

Mayfield beat out fellow seniors J.T. Barrett of Ohio State and Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State for the honor. The last Oklahoma quarterback to win Davey O'Brien was Sam Bradford back in 2008 - he also won the Heisman. The Sooners' signal-caller set a national record for passing efficiency and posted 41 touchdowns against just five interceptions. Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back, and followed it up with the Bednarik Award, which is given to the best overall defensive player. Fitzpatrick is the 2nd Crimson Tide player to win, joining Antonio Langham in 1993.

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Below is the list of award winners announced during Thursday's ceremony. As for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the player of the year in college football, Mayfield beat out a pair of running backs in Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Stanford's Bryce Love. He won that over NC State DE Bradley Chubb and Georgia LB Roquan Smith.

Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser won the Campbell Award for the top scholar athlete, and Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love wins the Wuerffel Award, given to the the top community servant. Memphis' Tom Hornsey won the award in 2013, with Utah's Tom Hackett (2014 and 2015) and Mitch Wishnowski (2016) following.

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