Oklahoma football: Three Sooners named to ESPN midseason All-America team

Two Oklahoma football players are on the ESPN 2017 midseason All-America team.

ESPN calls it the Barkley and Baker Show, referring to a starting backfield headlined by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Mayfield is one of three Oklahoma Sooners who have been named to the ESPN All-America First-Team offensive unit as a result of their performance midway through the 2017 college football season.

Redshirt junior Orlando Brown is one of the offensive tackles tabbed as mid-season All-Americans, and senior Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo is one of the linebackers on the defensive unit.

Neither Mayfield nor Okoronkwo was an ESPN 2017 preseason All-America selection. Sam Darnold of USC was the quarterback on the ESPN preseason All-America team.

“Despite losing to Iowa State, Mayfield plants his flag here,” writes ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, “thanks largely to his second-half brilliance at Ohio State…

“Whether you love Mayfield or love to hate him,” he welcomes both, Rittenberg says, “you will continue watching watching his push for the Heisman and the College Football Playoff.”

Mayfield, who is 26-5 in his three seasons as the Oklahoma starting quarterback continue on a record-setting for accuracy, sporting a nation-best 74.6 completion percentage. Through five games this season, the two-time Heisman finalist and preseason All-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year has thrown for 1,635 yards and 15 touchdowns and leads the country in passing efficiency after setting a new NCAA record a year ago with a 196.4 efficiency rating.

The fifth-year senior quarterback has not thrown an interception in his last 185 pass attempts, dating back to OU’s third to the last game in 2016.