All Patrick Mahomes did in 2016 was throw for almost 800 yards more than the next quarterback on the list. He led the Big 12 in almost every statistical category including total yards, completions, yards, passing touchdowns, and total touchdowns.
Mahomes is responsible for 4 of the top 10 total offensive yardage games in 2016, including 819 against Oklahoma, good enough for most single game yardage in NCAA history eclipsing the previous mark over 80 yards. His 442 yards per game is 30 more than Lamar Jackson. Mahomes was responsible for an FBS leading 318 points, including 53 total touchdowns.
All that puts what could be a cherry on top of a record setting career at Tech, in 2 and a half years starting, Mahomes already ranks 6th in passing yardage in the Big 12 history. He's one of three quarterbacks in NCAA history with over 5,000 yards of total offense in multiple seasons. Case Keenum and Graham Harrell are the other two.
The stats are incredible but the arm strength is what's most impressive. Mahomes makes throws from every arm angle, off balance on balance, and with incredible velocity and accuracy. He's a once in a generation arm talent and in 2016 it was on full display.
Congratulations to Patrick Mahomes, the SWC Roundup's 2016 Offensive Player of the Year.
Others in consideration:
D'Onta Foreman Texas. All Foreman did was put up the second best single season rushing performance in Texas history, topped only by Ricky Williams' 1998 Heisman Trophy season. Foreman did it all on forty less carries. He was the bright spot on a Texas team than underperformed.
Aaron Jones UTEP. For his career Jones is now 600 yards clear of the next highest Miner rusher. This season, coming off a severe knee injury, Jones finished third in the NCAA in rushing yards with 1,773 and top 10 in yards per attempt with 7.7.
Courtland Sutton SMU. Sutton finished 12th in the NCAA in receiving yards, 21st in receiving touchdowns, and 11th in yards per catch. Sutton set a school record for single game receiving yards with 252, good enough for the sixth highest single game receiving yardage output in 2016.