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Baker Mayfield | Quarterback

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Age / DOB:  (21) / 4/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209

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Pro Football Focus lists Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield No. 5 in its preseason Heisman rankings.
In leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, Mayfield posted the third-best PFF QB grade at +49.6. "He played an efficient brand of football, as he had the lowest percentage of negative grades of any quarterback in the nation," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Losing the nation’s top-graded wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, should hurt, but games like Mayfield had against Baylor showed his capabilities as he made a number of big-time throws while going head-to-head with one of the nation’s top offenses." Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and a 36/7 TD/INT ratio with an adjusted completion percentage of 77.2 that ranked No. 4 in the Power-5. Jun 23 - 6:14 PM

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USA Today's George Schroeder reports that by a vote of 7-3, the Big 12 has approved a proposed rule change that will allow walk-ons to make in-conference transfers without losing a year of eligibility.

It is known informally as the "Baker Mayfield Rule," as without it, 2016 would be Mayfield's last year of eligibility. On Wednesday, an initial proposal died with a 5-5 deadlock. The proposed rule change was revived on Thursday, with ESPN's Jake Trotter reporting that the rule would be reconsidered if the language took a tweak. The essence of the plan that passed is that only walk-ons who do not receive scholarship offers from their schools will be able to transfer within the Big 12 without consequence. Walk-ons who are offered scholarships but still transfer within conference will be docked the year of eligibility. Shortly after the news broke, Mayfield chimed in via Twitter, writing, "And y'all thought you were getting rid of me..."
Jun 2 - 9:11 PM

ESPN reports that the Big 12 will reconsider a rule that allows walk-ons to transfer within the conference without losing a season of eligibility.

The proposal -- a particularly pressing source of debate, as it would grant Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield an additional year of eligibility -- failed to receive the majority vote it needed to pass with a 5-5 deadlock on Wednesday. Apparently, the conference will reconsider the rule with altered language. The proposal being discussed now would allow the walk-on's school to offer a scholarship to keep him. If the proposed transfer still wanted to leave, he'd be docked a year of eligibility. This is where it gets interesting: If the rule doesn't pass, Mayfield is out of Big 12 eligibility after this season. However, he'd have one more season of NCAA eligibility to transfer outside the conference as a grad over the winter. He'd be the biggest grad free agent ever to hit our sport's version of free agency. The Big 12 would be doing itself and its student athletes a favor by passing this legislation.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 3:47 PM

The proposed Big 12 rule change that would allow walk-ons to transfer within the conference without losing a year of eligibility did not pass.

The proposal needed the approval of the majority of conference teams, but the vote ended up a 5-5 tie. According to commissioner Bob Bowlsby, teams are scared that opening up transfer regulations for walk-ons within the Big 12 could lead to teams sniping them with scholarship offers. Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples pointed out the strange logic of this well enough, writing, "The five schools that voted against the rule were concerned that schools would lure away players whose original schools didn’t think deserved scholarships, by offering them ... scholarships." Oklahoma senior QB Baker Mayfield -- a walk-on at Texas Tech to begin his career -- would have been the most high-profile name the rule change would have applied to. As is, this will be Mayfield's final year of eligibility in the Big 12, though he would have another year of eligibility if he transferred out of conference.
Jun 2 - 12:44 PM

A proposed Big 12 rule change could restore the year of eligibility Oklahoma senior QB Baker Mayfield lost when he transferred from Texas Tech.

A Big 12 official told ESPN that the proposed rule change wouldn't dock walk-ons transferring within the conference a season of eligibility. Mayfield, of course, lost a season of eligibility after transferring from Texas Tech (where he walked on) following his freshman year. The conference will discuss the proposal next week at the Big 12's annual spring meetings. If it passes, Mayfield will be eligible in 2017. If it doesn't, he's entering his final season as a Sooner. Mayfield was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and finished fourth in the Heisman voting in 2015 (3,700 yards with a 36/7 TD/INT ratio).
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 7:00 PM

Oklahoma opened as a 7.5-point favorite at Houston in the opener.

One of the opening weekend's most attractive offerings. The host Cougars are seen as a possible top-15 team. This year, star QB Greg Ward Jr. is joined in the backfield by Texas transfer RB Duke Catalon. In the other corner stands Oklahoma, SI's early No. 1 team. The Sooners return spooky talent, including eight offensive starters who are now well versed in Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid offense.
Source: 247 Sports
May 9 - 11:32 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield as the No. 2 returning player in college football.

By extension, the site sees him as the best returning signal-caller in the sport. "He ranked No. 1 in our QB grades against Power-5 competition, and stood out for his overall accuracy, his deep-ball accuracy, and his performance when facing the opponent’s pass rush (that is, until he faced Clemson)," wrote Jeff Dooley. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and a 36/7 TD/INT ratio in 2015.
Feb 1 - 7:43 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield completed 26-of-41 passes for 311 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's 37-17 loss to Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Mayfield led the Sooners on a trio of scoring drives in the first half. His 11-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews with under two minutes remaining in said half boosted Oklahoma to a 17-16 lead. And then, the sound of silence. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound redshirt junior couldn't find traction in the second half as the running game failed to exist--Samaje Perine endured a pair of ankle injuries--and Clemson was able to pin their ears back and charge. While Mayfield fell short of Playoff glory, his 2015 campaign should be considered an unqualified success. He threw for an even 3,700 yards while working to a 36/7 TD/INT ratio. Thursday's loss marked just the second time this season in which he's thrown more than one interception. He had eight games in which he didn't throw any interceptions at all.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 08:14:00 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield said that TCU "sort of hung [him] out to dry right before signing day."

"[TCU] told me they were gonna offer me a scholarship and kind of drug it out," Mayfield said of his pre-walk-on days, "and I told other schools I wasn't interested because I thought I was going to go there, and I truly believed they were going to offer me because they told me that." He's still bitter about the experience, clearly, but the 6-foot-1, 209-pound redshirt junior was even more forthright about Horned Frogs HC Gary Patterson, saying that Patterson "doesn't like [him] and [he] has no comment about that." Incidentally, Mayfield was knocked out of this season's contest with TCU by Ty Summers, who was ejected for targeting. Mayfield suffered a concussion on the play.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield might be unable to regain the lost year of eligibility that came when he transferred from Texas Tech in 2013.

Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech in 2013, starting seven contests as a true freshman. Following the season, he opted to transfer to Oklahoma. Generally, walk-ons receive a one-year transfer eligibility waiver that allows them to retain the year of eligibility they lose in the process. That is, if the school they're leaving indicates that they have no objection. In this case, Tech's not relenting. The Mayfield family continues to fight on, hoping to draw attention to the 6-foot-1, 209-pound redshirt junior's plight in order to force change. His father James said, "Publicity, transparency and accountability, that's the kryptonite with the NCAA. They don't want that."
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 09:49:00 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, "no quarterback in the country has shown more grit and leadership" than Oklahoma redshirt junior Baker Mayfield

Reuter pointed to Mayfield's "willingness to gut out a first-down or goal-line run" and tabbed him as the No. 2 contender for the 2016 Heisman Trophy. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound redshirt junior held a 35/5 TD/INT ratio and rushed for an additional seven scores during the 2015 campaign, but didn't make the cut as a finalist for Heisman proceedings. That same toughness that Reuter alludes to could also keep Mayfield out of the running in the future, just because his hard-charging style leads to a higher risk of injury. He was knocked out of a November 21 win over TCU after suffering a head ailment. Said injury did not cause him to miss any games and he should be ready to roll for the CFB Playoff and a showdown with Clemson on New Year's Eve.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 06:24:00 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield was named to SI.com's 2015 All-America First Team.

Although the Oklahoma signal caller was snubbed from the Heisman, Mayfield did lead his Sooners to the playoffs this season. The Oklahoma prospect earned first team honors over Clemson's Deshaun Watson by one vote. Mayfield has thrown for 3389 yards with 35 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 03:09:00 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield was named the 2015 recipient of the Burlsworth Trophy on Monday.

The Trophy is given to college football’s most outstanding player who has started their career as a walk-on. Prior to his walk-on career at Oklahoma, Mayfield was a walk-on quarterback at Texas Tech, earning Big 12 offensive freshman of the year in 2013. Mayfield has been lights out for the Sooners this year, throwing for 3389 yards with 35 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions on the season.
Source: Tulsa World
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 02:31:00 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield (head) completed 17-of-25 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 58-23 win over Oklahoma State.

Mayfield was forced out of last weekend's 30-29 win over TCU due to a probable concussion, but he returned in style to lead the Sooners to a likely Playoff berth with Saturday's blowout of Oklahoma State. He was feeling frisky enough to run for 77 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, too. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound redshirt junior's accounted for 42 total touchdowns in posting a monster 2015 campaign.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:04:00 AM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield (head) is practicing.

Mayfield has thus far passed every test required of him before he can get cleared for Saturday's game against Oklahoma State. He has aced concussion tests and returned to the practice field. The star signal-caller is not out of the woods yet, but Sooner Nation is no doubt feeling confident about his status.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 04:20:00 PM