Walk-on to Starter: Mayfield gets the nod

Kliff Kingsbury has chosen to go with the walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterback for the first game of the season.

TCU, Florida Atlantic and Texas.


Those were the some of the schools that Baker Mayfield chose not to attend, instead chose to be a walk-on at Texas Tech.


Now months later that decision seems to have paid off as true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield will get the start against SMU in the Red Raiders season-opener against SMU on Friday night, according to ESPNDallas.com.


According to the article Mayfield beat Davis Webb for the job and has been taking the majority of the snaps for the past week.


Mayfield starts in place of injured sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer, who has been battling a back injury.


The Austin, Texas native only lost two games in his two seasons as a starter at Lake Travis High School, going 25-2, and leading them to a District 15-5A Championship his senior season.


Mayfield went 182-for-288 for 2,467 yards, 22 touchdowns and only three interceptions in his senior campaign.


Now it is time to see if the young man, who will wear the same number that former Red Raider gunslinger Graham Harrell, 6, has that same kind of success at Tech.


First chance to see Mayfield in action in a Tech uniform and if he can lead this Red Raider team to a victory comes now in less than 12 hours against SMU in Dallas on national television in front of a sold out crowd.

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