Oklahoma's new look offense officially has a new signal caller. Early on Monday afternoon Oklahoma confirmed early reports that Baker Mayfield would be the starting quarterback when the Sooners take the field against Akron in the season opener on September 5th.
Mayfield, who beat out Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas in a quarterback battle that has been going on since the spring, is a walk-on who transferred from Texas Tech in January of 2013. Being the most experienced of the quarterbacks in the type of offense that Lincoln Riley is installing at Oklahoma gave Mayfield a leg up on the competition. He was the Big 12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 after completing 218 of 340 passes for 2,315 yards, and 12 touchdowns for the Red Raiders. He also threw nine interceptions that season.
Even before either of them arrived in Norman Riley was interested in Mayfield. Oklahoma's new offensive coordinator tried to recruit the former Lake Travis, TX standout to East Carolina when he announced that he was transferring away from Lubbock.
Mayfield (6-1/209) will be Oklahoma's fourth starting quarterback since Landry Jones graduated following the 2012 season.