NORMAN — Individual awards were not handed out after Saturday’s Red-White Game. If they had, quarterback Baker Mayfield wouldn’t have left Owen Field empty handed.
He only played against defensive backups, but going 9 for 9 for 125 yards and two touchdowns on a windy day showed the sophomore is more than a walk-on quarterback. He could lead many teams to a lot of wins.
But why is he trying to do it at OU?
“I always wanted to come here, but I didn’t think I would end up here,” Mayfield said.
The odyssey that brought Mayfield to Norman was one of the oddest of the offseason. It’s not often a walk-on true freshman quarterback is named the Big 12 Conference’s offensive freshman of the year. Mayfield earned that honor after throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns at Texas Tech last season.
Still, when the starting job wasn’t his late in the season and he was still without a scholarship, Mayfield was ready to leave Lubbock, Texas. He figured since he wasn’t bound by a scholarship that meant he could go to any school he wished. Texas Tech and the NCAA didn’t see things that way. Mayfield won’t be eligible to play until 2015 and he’s lost the right to redshirt next season since Texas Tech blocked a transfer to OU.
But why ignite a fight to come to place like OU, which has Trevor Knight, who established himself as the starter as a freshman?
“The one thing I’ve based my whole life on is competition. I think that drives me to be better a person,” Mayfield said. “In high school, I wasn’t even supposed to start. I’ve always battled through.”
If Mayfield could play next season, he would be a lot higher than No. 4 on the quarterback depth chart.