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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Baker Mayfield won’t start against West Virginia, but he’ll play

Baker Mayfield will also not be a captain on Senior Day at Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley announced Monday that quarterback Baker Mayfield will not start or be a team captain on Saturday against West Virginia. However, Mayfield will play in the game.

When asked about the timetable of Mayfield’s entry into the game, Riley stated that he would keep that decision to himself. Riley then confirmed that he has indeed made that decision.

Mayfield has caught criticism for a gesture made towards the Kansas bench following a touchdown drive this past Saturday in Lawrence, after a series of classless actions on the part of the Jayhawks — including a refusal to shake hands during the coin toss — Mayfield grabbed his crotch and yelled expletives in Kansas’ direction.

On Saturday evening, Mayfield was apologetic for his actions, releasing the following statement via Twitter:

This penalty, although not terribly consequential as far as the actual game is concerned, seems pretty stiff. Not allowing the best QB in school history to be a captain on his Senior Day is nothing to sneeze at. Baker obviously did something that he shouldn’t have, and I think this will be more than enough to send a message to the rest of the team as it pertains to in-game conduct.

As far as Mayfield is concerned, I hope he continues to be himself. He can learn a lesson from this, but he needs to keep his level of swagger right where it is. I’m confident that he will.