Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech last season and earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was believed to be the first walk-on quarterback to start at a power-conference school as a freshman.
After the season, Mayfield decided to transfer to Oklahoma. Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, citing team policy, blocked the move despite Mayfield being a walk on for both schools.
Mayfield’s family has hired El Paso-based attorney Jim Darnell, who represented Johnny Manziel last season in his fight to retain his eligibility, to help Mayfield get eligible this season.
If he’s not granted relief by the NCAA, not only would Mayfield have to sit out this season, but he would lose a season of eligibility as well.
TENNESSEE NAMES STARTING QB
Tennessee, which comes to Norman on Sept. 13, named senior Justin Worley as its starting quarterback Thursday.
Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced the decision at a press conference.
“Right now Justin Worley gives this football team and this football program the best opportunity to win,” Jones said.
Worley beat out Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the job.
He threw for 1,239 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season, before a thumb injury ended his season in late October.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY