Fresh off his trip to New York City to pick up the Heisman Trophy Award, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will soon be making travel plans for Mobile.
He has accepted his invitation to the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl.
Mayfield's acceptance of the Senior Bowl invitation was announced Friday. A news release provides the following information.
"Baker is known for his competitive personality, so it's not a surprise that he would want to be in Mobile to showcase his abilities and leadership qualities," said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "And, it's exciting for the Reese's Senior Bowl to have a Heisman Trophy winner in our game."
Mayfield will be the first Heisman winner to come to the Reese's Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow in 2007 and the fourth overall in the past 15 years (Troy Smith, 2006; Carson Palmer, 2002).
During his final year of college, Mayfield led the second-ranked Sooners to a spot in the four-team playoff. The QB will lead second-ranked Oklahoma against third-ranked Georgia in the semifinals on New Year's Day.
So far this season the former walk-on has thrown for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He led the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship and ran away in voting for the Heisman Trophy Award, given to the nation's top player.
Mayfield completed a nation-high 71 percent of his passes, while his 41 touchdown passes were second-best and his passer rating (203.8) was a single-season record. Mayfield, who played eight games as a walk-on at Texas Tech as a freshman before transferring to Oklahoma, has thrown for more than 12,000 yards, 117 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career.
Mayfield is the seventh quarterback to accept an invitation to the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl, joining Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Luke Falk (Washington State), Kurt Benkert (Virginia), Mike White (Western Kentucky), Kyle Lauletta (Richmond) and Brandon Silvers (Troy). The game will add one more quarterback to the roster.
The 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl is Jan. 27 in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m., and the game is televised live on NFL Network.
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