OU Countdown: Baker Mayfield

All eyes fall to the favorite to win the Sooners starting quarterback job

During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.

We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.

No. 6 - QB Baker Mayfield (6-foot-2, 214 pounds)

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What happened last year: Mayfield sat out all of last season but shared honors with Dorial Green-Beckham – now in the NFL – as standouts on the scout team. Before transferring from Texas Tech to Oklahoma, Mayfield played in eight games with the Red Raiders as a walk-on freshman. He threw for four touchdowns and more than 400 yards in his first start and finished his first year with 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions as well as a 64.1 completion rate.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 10. The favorite to start at quarterback for Oklahoma this year couldn’t be more any more important this season. He’ll be counted on to run the new system and not make too many mistakes – something that hasn’t exactly been Mayfield’s best quality. His familiarity with the offense will be his greatest strength. Mayfield’s play alone might be the best determination of how many losses the Sooners have at the end of the season. Long-term, he needs to have a good year for himself because there are no guarantees in the Sooners’ quarterback derby right now.

Best-case scenario for this season: The sky is really the limit for Mayfield this year. If perfect, he’s probably looking at just one or two losses this season as the starting quarterback and a potential Big 12 Championship for Oklahoma. He’d have to be near Sam-Bradford style perfect, though, and he’d probably have to win a game on his own.


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