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You’ll Want to Keep an Eye on These Star College Football Players in 2017

For many fans, football season begins and ends with the NFL. These individuals are most concerned with offseason free agent signings, potential Super Bowl matchups, and ill-timed suspensions that may ruin their favorite franchises. And while there’s nothing wrong with placing one’s eggs in the basket that is the National Football League, you might want to save some of those eggs for the beautiful world of college football. We have high hopes for the 2017 season.

Loads of unbelievable talent is about to hit the field in college football in 2017. Some players, however, deserve a bit more attention than others. In our opinion, here’s a look at some players you won’t want to miss.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield celebrates a touchdown during the game.

Baker Mayfield celebrates a touchdown during the game. Oklahoma will only go as far as quarterback Baker Mayfield takes them. | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Since becoming the quarterback at Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield has been nothing short of fantastic. In 2016, the man who was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year the season before completed an NCAA-best 70.9% of his passes, threw for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions, and added another 177 yards on the ground along with six rushing scores.

For the second consecutive season, Mayfield was named a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing third in the overall voting (one spot better than his fourth-place showing in 2015). If the superstar QB is able to put together another year of individual excellence and help the Sooners make a push for a national title, he has as good a chance as any player to strike that famous pose in 2017.

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