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Baker Mayfield Continues to Impress

Oct 3, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Shaq Petteway (36) at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Now that four games are in the books, it’s as good a time as any to assess Baker Mayfield’s body of work at the game’s most important position. And the verdict is clear: So far, Mayfield is having a stellar season that is even generating some Heisman talk.

The statistics speak for themselves: After four games, Mayfield has completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,382 yards, 13 TDs and just three interceptions, earning a gaudy quarterback rating of 178.5. And for the icing on the cake, Mayfield has rushed for 138 yards and four TDs. But perhaps the most telling of Mayfield’s attributes, which can’t be defined by statistics, is his ability to elude defenders just long enough to keep plays alive and make things happen downfield. The kid has an endless supply of moxie.

Some in Sooner Nation believe the Heisman talk is premature, and that’s largely true: it’s a long season and a lot can happen between now and the December ceremony. But if Mayfield continues to perform at this clip and Oklahoma keeps winning, there is no reason to think he won’t be in New York on December 12. And that would be an incredible accomplishment for a player who walked on the Oklahoma football team and earned a starting job.