Despite not being heavily recruited, Baker Mayfield has continued to remain at the forefront of college football. Mayfield first entered the national scene as a freshman at Texas Tech and recently re-emerged after transferring to Oklahoma. He continues to fight for his spot on the football field everywhere he goes.
Mayfield won the starting quarterback position for Oklahoma and is causing a sense of optimism in Norman. From battling the NCAA to his dating life, Mayfield has continued to remain in the public eye. We take a look at some of the most interesting aspects of Baker Mayfield.
Here’s what you need to know about the Sooners quarterback:
1. Mayfield Was the First Walk-On to Start for a Power Five Team
Mayfield was lightly recruited coming out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Despite receiving scholarship offers from schools like New Mexico, Florida Atlantic and Rice. Mayfield opted to try to walk-on at Texas Tech.
Not only did Mayfield make the team, but he started as a true freshman. In eight game for the Raiders, Mayfield threw for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
2. He Is Dating an Oklahoma State Soccer Player
Despite Oklahoma and Oklahoma State being rivals, Mayfield is currently dating Oklahoma State soccer player Baillie Burmaster. Mayfield frequently posts pictures of the two of them on his Instagram account. According to her website, she is double-majoring in Sports Media and Marketing in Stillwater.
3. The NCAA Denied His Appeal to Become Eligible at Oklahoma in 2014
According to ESPN, Mayfield left Texas Tech after his freshman year when the school informed him he would not be put on scholarship. NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season before playing at a different school. Oklahoma submitted an appeal in August 2014 based on the grounds that he was a walk-on at Texas Tech and would be a walk-on at Oklahoma.
Since Mayfield was not receiving a scholarship at Texas Tech, he believed he would be able to play immediately. However, the NCAA denied the appeal in September 2014. Thus, he is playing college football for the first time since 2013.
4. Mayfield Played Intramural Softball With Oklahoma Students
While Mayfield waited to become eligible to play football again, he played intramural softball with fellow Oklahoma students. According to the USA Today, Mayfield played shortstop and quickly became one of the best players on the team.
As one student told the USA Today, “It was kind of a weird deal at first. We couldn’t really believe he was on our floor. … Eventually, he was all-in, and he was definitely the most athletic guy on the field with us, but he was just another guy on the field with us.” It looks like the intramural team lost their shortstop to the football team.
5. Mayfield Set Oklahoma Record in His Debut
In his Oklahoma debut, he set a record for most passing yards in an opener with 388 yards. Oklahoma opened up at home against Akron and defeated the Zips 41-3. Mayfield was certainly impressive in his first game as a Sooner. He added three touchdown passes to go with his record-setting passing yard numbers.