The Oklahoma Sooners saw a new quarterback walk on to the team this year, but his chances of playing are still up in the air. Baker Mayfield was a walk on quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders last year and ended up starting and winning the Big 12 Freshman of the Year as a walk on. He then left the school and headed to Oklahoma, but watched as Texas Tech tried to block the move. According to Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, it was just school policy.
Kingsbury said that he wants to see Baker Mayfield succeed no matter where he ends up at. He said that, even if Mayfield is at OU, he will cheer for him in every game except against his Texas Tech team. However, he said that it was school policy to block the transfer, even though Mayfield was not a scholarship player at Texas Tech. He brought up the NCAA in-conference policies in the argument.
Kingsbury also said that the Red Raiders had ever intent to offer Mayfield a scholarship this season. He said that they had already told his dad that the scholarship was coming, but something happened to make Kingsbury want to leave Texas Tech. Some think it may be because he was benched in the season, while there was also a chance that he was angry that he was kept as a walk on the entire freshman season, even after winning the starting quarterback job.
Whatever the reason, Baker Mayfield enrolled at Oklahoma and walked on for the Oklahoma Sooners football team. He played in the spring Red-White game and completed all nine passes he attempted for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Even if he was on the team in 2014, Trevor Knight is the starting quarterback after a fantastic bowl game appearance last season. Blake Bell is also still on the roster, although he will play tight end, and Cody Thomas will be the immediate backup. His appeal is still in active process.