Even after Trevor Knight‘s performance in the Sugar Bowl last week, former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield intends to transfer to Oklahoma and start school during the spring semester that begins next week.
First, Mayfield must get through an appeal to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders denied Mayfield, a walk-on who started seven games for Texas Tech as a freshman this season, permission to contact Oklahoma or to transfer anywhere in the Big 12.
Mayfield is appealing to Texas Tech to drop the restrictions since he isn’t on scholarship. He told Jake Trotter of ESPN.com that he still plans to enroll at OU, although that could change if Friday’s appeal is denied.
Mayfield said he feels good about his appeal, which will be made by teleconference with a nonathletic committee of administrators, professors and others in the Texas Tech community.
“I think I should have a chance because I walked on to Texas Tech, I didn’t have anything paid for; I was not recruited,” Mayfield told ESPN. “I just knew people at Texas Tech (and said) I’m just going to go to school there and have fun and go out for the football team. That’s what I did and it wound up working out perfectly for me. And so, for them to have the final say as to where I can go for my future, it’s kinda ridiculous in my mind because they didn’t pay for anything, and I didn’t even have a scholarship promised to me for this semester.”
Mayfield said he would consider other options of the appeal was denied, since remaining at OU would cost him a season of eligibility in addition to having to sit out this season.
Mayfield told ESPN that he wasn’t deterred by Knight’s performance in the win over Alabama, saying he wasn’t scared of competition.
But even outside of competing against Knight for the starting spot, it would be hard to imagine Mayfield getting reps in the spring with the crowded group. Knight, Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Cody Thomas are already on campus and Edmond Santa Fe’s Justice Hansen will arrive next week.
Mayfield threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games. He started the Red Raiders first five games and their last two in the regular season before announcing his intention to transfer.