Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson among Lombardi Award finalists

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

HOUSTON -- Baker Mayfield ofOklahomaand fellow Heisman finalists Lamar Jackson ofLouisvilleand Bryce Love ofStanfordare among the finalists for the Lombardi Award. The award is given to the nation's top player based on performance as well as leadership, character and resiliency.

The other finalists announced Monday werePenn Staterunning back Saquon Barkley,Alabamadefensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick,Central Floridalinebacker Shaquem Griffin andIowa Statelinebacker and quarterback Joel Lanning.

The award will be presented Saturday at Lone Star College in Houston. This is the second year the Lombardi finalists have included players from all positions. Previously, it went to the nation's best lineman and linebacker.

Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen won the Lombardi Award last season.