Teammates sound off on Mayfield

Offensive weapons discuss the Sooners' starting quarterback

Baker Mayfield is the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners when they kick off the season on Sept. 5 against Akron.

It’s been a long road for the former walk-on turned leader of a top-25 program. Not all his teammates found out the same way, and some said the coaches didn’t even tell them directly.

Here’s a quick look at what a couple of them had to say:

Samaje Perine on what he thinks made Mayfield stand out - He’s more comfortable with (the offense). He understood it more. That gave him a little bit of an edge right there. The coaches saw that they felt that he’s good enough to be the starter.

Sterling Shepard on finally having one quarterback - It’s good to have him in there when I’m in there and some of the other starters are in there. I guess you can kind of say it makes it easy. I’ve been through a lot of quarterback battles since I’ve been here. I’ve only had one year when I didn’t have a quarterback battle. It’s kind of second nature.

Durron Neal on his first impression of Mayfield - You can tell he loves the game of football. He comes out here and has a great time. He’s always locked in. He might have fun, but when it’s time to come out here and work, he’s going to work. He’s going to make sure to hold you accountable if you drop a pass or miss an assignment. He’ll chew you out. But at the end of the day, he is going to come back and say, ‘Let’s go. Let’s keep competing.’


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