Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield took home the 2017 Heisman Memorial Trophy in New York on Saturday night, but that doesn’t mean Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor’s season should be forgotten.
Mayfield took home the Heisman by a wide margin over fellow finalists, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, securing 2,398 votes and 732 first-place votes. Taylor, the sole freshman among the top 10 vote-getters, received two first-place votes, seven second-place votes, and 38 third-place votes:
It’s a remarkable accolade for Taylor, who still has one more game to play this season when Wisconsin faces the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. The Salem, N.J., native has rushed for 1,847 yards and 13 touchdowns on 273 carries. Among the other honors Taylor’s received this season: a record-breaking eight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors; the conference’s Freshman of the Year honor; and Wisconsin’s own Offensive Player of the Year award.
With several of the finalists who finished above him in the Heisman voting leaving their respective schools after this season, Taylor seems set up for an even more serious run at college football’s most prestigious trophy in 2018.