While it probably didn’t play a very big role in winning the starting quarterback job at Oklahoma from a coaching standpoint, there were a few steps that Sooners’ quarterback Baker Mayfield showed off that made a difference.
Surrounded by a circle of his teammates during the Sooners’ trip last year to the Russell Athletic Bowl – and with a group of kids, Mayfield showed off his dance moves as his teammates chanted. Eventually, the video went viral.
Far more important was the reaction of his teammates, and the willingness to accept Mayfield, who was still a scout team quarterback at the time, into the team with open arms.
“That came a bit later,” he said.
Mayfield was still the newcomer. His version of the “Whip” showed a confidence that’s never been questioned and helped him break into the team.
“That's something that people aren't used to but I enjoy dancing,” Mayfield said. “I enjoy getting people to smile and laugh, that's just what I enjoy doing. So it's fun to do that in the locker room, be around the guys and have fun.”
In one season at Texas Tech, Mayfield made seven starts and played in eight games. He threw for 12 touchdowns passes and 2,315 yards on 340 attempts.
He’ll be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback this coming season, and it all started with a beat.
Well, sort of.