Doing Take 3 a little bit differently this week. Oklahoma coaches are off on the road recruiting (and landing one commitment already in juco OG Ben Powers), but several players were still available to the media.
Here is a Take 3 with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Take No. 1: Journey has helped mold him into who he is
No question Mayfield’s journey is pretty rare in college football. But it’s for that reason why Mayfield has so much respect from his teammates, and it has developed him into who he is as a player.
“My journey is obviously pretty crazy,” Mayfield said. “Ultimately, you’re the only one who knows what you’re capable of.”
From walking on at Texas Tech and walking on at OU to earning the scholarship and starting spot with the Sooners, few have walked in his shoes.
So when Mayfield speaks, his teammates listen. And when they watch his fire and passion, they know it’s the real deal.
“Always had a knack for it (having energy),” Mayfield said. “It’s something you could contribute to my road and journey. I’m able to talk to anybody to push them to be their best.”
Take No. 2: Support means a lot
His journey was crazy, for sure, but not too many people are doubting him anymore. Especially when it comes to the brass at OU. The OU media department has gone all-in with supporting Mayfield and his bid for the Heisman Trophy.
A site dedicated just to toward that aspect was released Sunday and is just the latest effort to make sure Mayfield’s name gets out there.
“It’s pretty neat to see,” Mayfield said. “It has been one of my biggest assets – people believing and supporting me.”
Obviously OU’s regular season is in the books so he can’t have any more Heisman moments, but it will be interesting to see if his 42 total touchdowns will be enough to earn him a spot in New York in a couple of weeks.
Take No. 3: Knight, Thomas push him
Mayfield’s story was unique in a different set of terms, too, because of the situation he walked into at OU. He arrived in Norman right after Trevor Knight’s incredible outing against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
It didn’t compute then why Mayfield would take a chance like that, but it has all made sense in the last two years. Through it all, though, Mayfield said Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas have been pushing him and making him better.
“It pushes you, not just because he’s (Knight) played before but because of the guy he is,” Mayfield said. “He always pushes himself to be better. You want a competitive room, and that’s what we have.”