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CFB notebook: Oklahoma’s Mayfield wins Walter Camp award

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December 07, 2017 at 7:46 pm.

Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected as the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Thursday.

Mayfield, the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

The other finalists were Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and three running backs — Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Stanford’s Bryce Love and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. Jackson was the 2016 winner.

Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading the Sooners (12-1) into the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma will face Georgia in a semifinal matchup.

–Tennessee hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach, the school confirmed.

Pruitt, 43, officially will be introduced as the Volunteers’ 26th head coach on Thursday night.

“Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria,” new Tennessee athletic director and former coach Phillip Fulmer said in a statement. “I’m certain he appreciates the unique opportunity to lead a program of Tennessee’s caliber. He’s driven to win at the highest level. He will honor our university’s values, operate with integrity and be a role model for our student-athletes.”

Pruitt has been the defensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide for the past two seasons. Alabama is ranked first nationally in scoring defense this season and second in total defense.

–Mike Riley is back at Oregon State — this time as an assistant head coach.

Riley’s appointment was announced by new coach Jonathan Smith, who played one season (1998) under Riley and later was a graduate assistant (2003) on Riley’s staff.

Riley served two stints as Oregon State’s coach — from 1997-98 and 2003-14 — and is the school’s all-time winningest coach. Riley had a 93-80 record with the Beavers before spending the past three seasons at Nebraska, where he was fired with a 19-19 record.

Smith also announced the additions of Brian Lindgren (offensive coordinator), Jim Michakczik (run game coordinator/offensive line coach) and Jake Cookus (special teams coordinator).