Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield defiantly captures the 2017 Heisman Trophy
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Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield took home the 2017 Heisman Trophy the very same way he plays on the football field: with a defiant attitude.

Heading into the night we already knew the winner — even though the Heisman Trophy presentation always presents a little glamour and suspense.

We knew all Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield had to do was sit quietly in his seat and wait for his name to be called. Even the National Guard couldn’t stop Saturday night’s proceedings.

We just didn’t know how the kid was going to win it.

The defiant one who plays with an attitude fit for college football’s greatest villain took home the 2017 Heisman Trophy in a similar fashion.

He crushed the competition.

His 732 first-place votes destroyed both Bryce Love‘s 75 and the defending Heisman man Lamar Jackson‘s 47.

If those Mayfield naysayers were ready for controversy during the speech, the controversial one made sure to let him down in yet again, another defiant way.

The OU senior threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns to just five interceptions during 13 games this season. He also rushed for 310 yards and five touchdowns while leading his Sooners to the Big 12 title.

Most importantly, he’ll be leading his squad into the College Football Playoff as his No. 2 Sooners are set to take on the No. 3 seeded Georgia Bulldogs.

Sure, his outlandish behavior on the field at times this season will be ridiculed. Some will wash it away as positive emotion. Others will point and harp on it as a detriment to his future and his team.

Despite all of it, the result of the Heisman Trophy presentation nailed it this time around. Baker Mayfield deserved the most prestigious trophy in sports and it deserved to be a landslide.

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