The finalists for several college football awards were announced Monday, including the Chuck Bednarik defensive player of the year. The finalists for that are Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb. Winners will be announced Dec. 7 during ESPN's awards show from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Heisman Trophy will be handed out in New York two days later. Mayfield is considered the front-runner to win college football's most prestigious player of the year honor. Heisman finalists will be announced Dec. 4.
Mayfield is also a finalist for the Davey O'Brien award that goes to the top quarterback, along with Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State and J.T. Barrett of Ohio State. Noticeably absent from those finalists was Louisville's Lamar Jackson, last season's Heisman winner whose statistics have been even better this season.