Oklahoma football: How Baker Mayfield grew up a Sooner fan in Austin, Texas

It looks like Baker Mayfield will be relegated to scout-team QB this season, but now he’s playing for the team he grew up rooting for.
by Ryan Aber Modified: April 20, 2014 at 12:01 am •  Published: April 19, 2014

— After his performance in Oklahoma’s spring game earlier this month, Baker Mayfield said he just wanted to help his new team win a national championship.

“I had the plan to come here because I wanted to win a national championship and whether it’s driving the defense on scout team or doing whatever, just trying to make this place better,” Mayfield said.

Right now, that looks likely to be as the Sooners’ scout-team quarterback after Texas Tech blocked his transfer to Norman. Barring a change, Mayfield will have to sit out this year and lose a season of eligibility.

But Mayfield and his family remain hopeful the decision will be overturned.

An appeal to Texas Tech failed shortly after his January transfer to OU, but the family soon plans to appeal to the NCAA.

Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech who started seven games last season as a true freshman, including the season opener. He threw for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns but decided to leave after the season when he grew frustrated by his lack of communication with Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury and wasn’t guaranteed a scholarship moving forward.

If Mayfield was going to be a long-term walk-on for a school, he wanted it to be for the Sooners, the team he grew up rooting for and dreaming of playing for one day.

That’s right. Mayfield, who was born and raised in Austin, Texas, grew up an OU fan.

Mayfield’s father, James, played for Houston but childhood relationships with Rex Norris and Charlie Sadler wound up turning the Mayfields into OU fans after both wound up on Oklahoma’s coaching staff by the late ’70s.

“Over the years we all remained friends and through Charlie and Rex, I met all the other guys — Donnie Duncan, Scott Hill, (Mike) Jones, (Bobby) Proctor, Charley North,” James said. “The whole crew.”

When Bob Stoops took over as Oklahoma’s head coach in 1999, he welcomed old coaches and players back into the program.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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