Baker Mayfield is a natural scrambler

Sooners quarterback has an innate sense of when to run and when to throw

It probably wasn’t growing up wanting to play running back or receiver in backyard football that made Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield an innate scramble.

Having a father who was a run-first quarterback in a wishbone offense for Houston years ago or watching Johnny Manziel as a high school opponent probably didn’t have a directly correlation to his ability to break half a dozen tackles and buy time for a big play.

Mayfield obviously has the skill to breakdown defenses with his legs, but most of it is just natural.

“You always want to try to get positive yardage on a play,” Mayfield said. “When I'm in the pocket and I'm about to get sacked or we have a guy slip through on a blitz, not just gonna sit back there and relax. I've gotta get out and try and press the ball downfield.”

There’s not something specific he looks for when rolling out of the pocket. His first option is usually to pass, but he showed against Tulsa that he can run – accounting for two rushing touchdowns on scramble plays.

In the second half, Mayfield scrambled to his right to buy time and had a lot of field in front of him to run. Instead, he spotted an open Sterling Shepard near the sideline and hit him for an 18-yard gain that eventually led to the Sooners third touchdown.

Mayfield credited early-season tackling issues for other teams as a reason why he’s been able to break so many and laughed when point out that passing is always his first option – because he has teammates who are “faster and better than me at running the ball.”

His ability to buy time hasn’t been something he’s had to think about a lot.

“That's just natural,” Mayfield said. “When I'm getting out of the pocket, if it's open I'm gonna take my yards if I can run. But if there's somebody in front of me I'm gonna try to buy as much time as I can while they're working their scramble drill.”

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