OU spring game notes: Offense

News and nuggets surrounding OU's offensive performance in Saturday's spring game.

Spring practice has wrapped up for Oklahoma and here are some news and notes from the Sooners offense from Saturday's spring game.

Mayfield looked sharp

It's not fair to say Baker Mayfield was the best quarterback on the field Saturday because he wasn't going against the No. 1 defense, but you can't deny he looked comfortable and made some plays happen.

Mayfield finished a perfect 9 of 9 for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His past experience at Texas Tech certainly helped as he looked like a guy ready to play in the fall.

"He's a guy that's performing extremely well for the 14th day," quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said. "In our meeting room, he's the most experienced guy. Obviously some of that wasn't here, but he performed in a great way. The guys in our program love him, and we look forward to being eligible whenever that is."

Mayfield will not be eligible for OU this season, but from all reports like Heupel said, the team has welcomed him with open arms. He is fitting in well in Norman.

Smallwood thankful for chance

There's no question the intense battle being waged right now at wide receiver. But it was a little different for redshirt freshman Jordan Smallwood.

Only a spring game, but it was the first time Smallwood had worn his OU jersey and played at Owen Field. Smallwood missed the 2013 season after fracturing his foot during camp and never really being able to develop after that mishap.

"I've gotten a lot better," Smallwood said. "A lot of things happened last season, but I've gotten a lot better and overcome a lot of things."

Smallwood has been talked about because of his size and all the muscle he has added since arriving to Norman. OU is loaded with slot receivers, but Smallwood is a natural receiver to line up out wide.

Still a long way to go, but Bob Stoops and Jay Norvell have mentioned Smallwood multiple times, starting back with his bowl preparation.

"It was huge for me," Smallwood said. "I didn't know what to expect after missing a whole season, and I didn't know a lot of things. It took some time, but here I am now."

Smallwood had three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in the spring game.

Nothing settled at running back

Tough to get a running game going when so many key parts of your offensive line are missing so don't waste time reading too much into what running backs Alex Ross and Keith Ford did Saturday.

Ross had three carries for six yards, while Ford had 29 yards on nine attempts. Nobody won the battle this spring, but it's apparent nobody lost it, either.

"Bottom line, we are going to play two or three of them regardless," Stoops said. "They're all going to play, that's just how we do it. For sure two of them at our pace and the number of snaps we get have to play. Those guys will keep progressing."

Maybe not at running back, but Saturday showed signs of why everybody was excited about Daniel Brooks signing for the 2012 class. He had a 28-yard run in the first half and finished with a game-high 67 yards on eight attempts.

Brooks is a nice change of pace at the position and could also be utilized as a kick returner going forward.

Knight eager for challenge

It wasn't a great spring game for Trevor Knight, who had trouble executing against the first team defense all afternoon.

His final stats of 5-of-14 passing for 53 yards and an interception aren't the numbers OU fans were expecting coming off his breakout game in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

But the coaches didn't seem too worried about it, and Knight is just starting to grow into his new role on the team.

"I'm just stepping into that leadership role, and I'm a more confident leader," Knight said. "I'm not looking over my shoulder as much. We're building chemistry."

His role is a lot different from this time last year, and he knows what has to do as quarterback at a school like OU.

"I just want to be the same guy every day, just working as hard as I can and being that guy that's not messing up in the weight room, and then going into practice working hard."

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