“I’m disappointed for him that the rules don’t allow him to play (in 2014), but in the end he has been a great teammate to these guys and the staff. We all love him. He has fit in wonderfully here,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.
Mayfield assumed he would. But there are a lot of places that could have made for easier passage. Leave the Big 12 and Texas Tech probably doesn’t block the transfer. He potentially would’ve been eligible to play next season.
The Austin, Texas, native and Lake Travis High School graduate could’ve looked much closer to home. The Longhorns’ quarterback issues over the last four years have been well chronicled.
Mayfield said spite ruled out a return to Austin.
“After not getting looked at by those places when I was right there next to them, it’s just a revenge kind of thing,” he said. “I wanted to come here anyway, and I’ve always been a fan, so it just kind of worked out.”
Mayfield said his father, James Mayfield, used to bring him to OU games as a child. His father was friends with former OU assistant coaches Mike Jones (1978-94) and Rex Norris (1973-83). Mayfield remembers watching former OU players Quentin Griffin and Antonio Perkins and being captivated with the Sooners.
Now he’s one of them.
“I had the plan to come here because I want to win a national championship,” Mayfield said. “So whether it’s driving the defense on the scout team or doing whatever, just trying to make this place better. I grew up an OU fan, so I’m just trying to help out however I can.”
It will be behind the scenes in 2014. However, Mayfield showed on Saturday he can lead OU’s offense and as early as the 2015 season, he may get the chance.
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