Baker Mayfield capped off his college career as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners before going on to become the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft, But what would have happened if Mayfield would have never made the move to Norman?
We may never know what would have happened to Mayfield, who began his college career as a walk-on for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but we do know why the signal-caller made the decision to leave Kliff Kingsbury’s program.
During an appearance on the FOX Sports docuseries “All The Way Up,” Mayfield discussed why he ultimately left Lubbock. As it turns out, it was perceived disrespect from his head coach that was the determining factor.
For Mayfield, everything changed when he suffered a sprained MCL against the Kansas Jayhawks.
“It went from being ‘the guy’ for Coach Kingsbury and then when I got hurt, it just changed a little bit … not a little bit, a lot,” Mayfield said as transcribed by TMZ Sports. “All the sudden it was as if I hadn’t played for him, hadn’t done anything for him. It was just different after I got hurt.
“I’ve invested a lot into this and now you’re telling me you don’t have a scholarship for a guy who won 5 games after choosing to come here? That was the final straw for me.”
Mayfield’s father added, “[Kingsburgy] didn’t talk to Baker. He didn’t include Baker in the meetings.”
Check out an excerpt from “All The Way Up” below.
In the end, everything worked out just fine for Mayfield. You know the Sooners have to be pleased with how it all worked out, too.
“All The Way Up” premiered Sunday, July 29.