Wake Forest native, Stanford star Bryce Love named Heisman finalist

Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma passes against Kansas

Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma passes against Kansas

Jackson has the chance to become just the second two-time Heisman victor, joining Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975), but Mayfield, the 2016 runner-up, is the heavy favorite.

On Monday, it became a reality.

Despite the fact that Jackson's accomplishments are remarkable, the former Heisman Trophy victor was cursed with a team that was unable to live up to his enormous stature, as Louisville finished the 2017 regular season with a relatively mediocre 8-4 record considering their prolific quarterback.

The victor of the award, which goes to college football's most outstanding player, will be revealed Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club in NY.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Barkley reiterated his feeling on the Heisman. "I'd be fine, to be completely honest". Last year, he was one of five finalists and finished third behind Jackson and Clemson's Deshaun Watson. "He's a very special player, and I'm not sure we will ever see a player with his type of talent ever again". "And at the end of the day, that's all that really matters".

Having Barkley not invited as a Heisman finalist has to be disappointing both to him and the Penn State football program as a whole.

Mayfield, though, will come to Manhattan as the clear favorite.

Considered to be a top-five pick in the 2018 National Football League draft, Barkley finished second in the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging 179.5 yards per game, and 10 in kickoff returns with a 28.4-yard average.

Jackson's numbers have been better than last season in some categories, but Louisville (8-4) has not had the big wins to go with it.

Barkley had been the frontrunner through most of October thanks to a huge performance in a win over Iowa. A dual-threat quarterback, the junior ran for 1,443 yards and 17 more touchdowns.

Jackson's 2017 stats include 3,489 passing yards, 25 TDs and six interceptions for the 8-4 Cardinals. Jackson, who can become only the second two-time victor of the Heisman, led the nation in total offense with an average of 411.0 yards per game.

"I'm not going to lie to you - that would be special", Barkley said last month of getting an invitation to NY.

While Penn State fans may be upset that Saquon Barkley was not named a finalist for the Heisman trophy, the Nittany Lions star running back isn't thinking twice about it.

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