Hello again, Sooner fans! There are only six days left in our countdown to kickoff, which means Oklahoma Sooners football will be here within the week! In today’s edition of our series we will focus on the football superstar himself, quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Sure, Baker Mayfield has passed for 7,665 yards and 88 touchdowns in his two seasons at OU. Yes, Mayfield broke the single-season FBS passing efficiency record with a 196.4 figure in 2016. And of course, Mayfield finished 4th in 2015 and 3rd in 2016 in the Heisman Trophy voting, along with a laundry list of other awards and accolades over that period. But all of those things are only by-products of what has truly made Baker who he is.
Baker began his climb to football stardom at gridiron powerhouse Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. While Mayfield contributed to many of the championships that Lake Travis had during his time there, the interest level of some of the more prominent universities was largely non-existent.
So what did Baker decide to do? He chose to walk on at Texas Tech in 2013. Mayfield then became the first ever true freshman walk-on quarterback to start in a season opener for an FBS team, and he dazzled fans right from the beginning. Mayfield started seven games for Tech that season before a knee injury sidelined him. At the conclusion of the season, Mayfield was still without a scholarship, and decided to transfer.
Meanwhile, Trevor Knight had just solidified his spot as the OU quarterback by defeating Alabama in an epic Sugar Bowl. The job was Knight’s to lose, and there wasn’t a QB on the Oklahoma roster who was going to take it from him.
That is, until Mayfield chose Oklahoma as his next walk-on destination.
Even though Mayfield was never on scholarship at Texas Tech, he was still unable to transfer without losing a year of eligibility. He sat out the 2014 season, but appealed this ruling and ultimately won his appeal, effectively restoring his lost year. All the while, Baker continued to compete for and eventually earned the starting job in 2015.
Ever since Baker took his first snap on Owen Field, there has been an ever-growing buzz around Norman. We can quantify his prowess with as many figures and measurables as we can fathom, but it’s Mayfield’s intangibles that make him special. His fiery passion is infectious, and his enthusiasm for the game of football is remarkable.
Going into 2017, Baker’s final season for the Sooners, expectations for the team are high. With that said, nobody has a bigger chip on their shoulder than Mayfield. He expects a lot from himself, and thrives on proving his doubters wrong.
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