Stoops: Felt DGB deserved a second chance

OU coach Bob Stoops addressed the media for the first time Tuesday at Big 12 media days.

DALLAS – It wasn’t the first question addressed to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops at Big 12 media days, but it didn’t take long for the conversation to steer toward the status of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Green-Beckham transferred to OU at the beginning of this month, although it still remains to be seen whether or not he will be eligible to play this season.

“Yes, there’s an appeal being processed so that hasn’t been ruled on yet,” Stoops said.

A lot of people were taken aback by OU’s willingness to take a chance on Green-Beckham, who was as productive on the field in his two seasons at Missouri as he was with issues off the field.

Stoops, though, was quick to remind everybody about the relationship forged by himself and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell with Green-Beckham and his family from the recruiting trail. OU was one of the finalists for DGB in the Class of 2012.

“Through extensive conversations with the people at Missouri and our people, it was something that we felt the person that he is, the potential he has as a young man and as an individual, that we felt the opportunity to give him a second chance at our place could serve him well,” Stoops said.

“Believe in him as a young man and what he’s able to maybe continue to become. So through that process, we gave him the opportunity to be with us.”

Another focus of the conversation had to deal with transfer quarterback Baker Mayfield. A walk-on at Texas Tech last season, Mayfield had a solid spring for OU.

Much like DGB, though, the eligibility for Mayfield remains in question. And Stoops remains adamant Mayfield should be able to suit up.

“I think it’s one thing if you’ve invested a scholarship in an individual, and he decides to leave,” Stoops said. “Heck, they even half the time allow them to play immediately. But a guy that you haven’t invested a scholarship in, I don’t know why that would even be something – why it would be an issue.”

Although there is no quarterback controversy this time around in Norman with Trevor Knight as the guy 100 percent, no doubt Mayfield made an impression during the spring.

“Through all our scrimmages in the spring, it was obvious to everyone that he played a year ago, that he has been on the field, in action,” Stoops said. “The way he handles himself, the poise, the plays he makes, he really does an excellent job.”

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