Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield, who played eight games as a freshman in 2013, informed the school that he plans to transfer due to what he deemed a "miscommunication" with the coaching staff.
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 19
ESPN.com has the latest on Mayfield's intentions:
According to the American-Statesman, Mayfield hadn't contacted the OU coaching staff about his plans.
An Oklahoma source tells ESPN.com that the Sooners have not requested permission from Texas Tech to contact Mayfield. And Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops went on the radio Thursday afternoon and said OU was not pursuing any transfer quarterbacks.
Mike Berman of YNN Austin first broke the news, as Mayfield confirmed that he will not be traveling with the team for the 2013 Holiday Bowl:
Just spoke with Baker Mayfield, who confirms he will transfer after one season at Texas Tech. He will not play in Holiday Bowl vs. ASU.— Mike Berman (@MikeBermanYNN) December 11, 2013
Mayfield says he's transferring due to miscommunication with the Tech coaching staff. He wants a fresh start somewhere else (TBD).— Mike Berman (@MikeBermanYNN) December 11, 2013
ESPN's Joe Schad adds more detail:
Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield won't be permitted to transfer to another Big 12 institution— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 12, 2013
A lightly recruited quarterback out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Mayfield chose to walk on at Texas Tech despite offers from other FBS schools. Expected to play a secondary role as a freshman, he instead became the first walk-on in history to start a season-opening contest for a school in a BCS conference.
Mayfield kept the starting job for the first five games of the season, leading the Red Raiders to a 5-0 start before going down with a knee injury. Fellow freshman Davis Webb then took over the reins for the next four games, with coach Kliff Kingsbury choosing to go with the hot hand rather than return Mayfield into the starting lineup. Mayfield did, however, eventually win the starting job back for the final three games—all losses, as Texas Tech finished on a five-game skid.
Mayfield discussed why he decided to leave the Red Raiders (via the American-Statesman):
“I’m disappointed because I love Lubbock. I’m thankful for the opportunity they game me and everything that Lubbock has done for me, but it’s time for me to move on and start over."
"I just didn’t feel comfortable anymore, and I just felt like it was time to move on."
Prior to this news, it had not yet been announced who would start the Holiday Bowl. Mayfield, who was benched in the 41-16 season-capping loss to Texas, was expected to compete with Webb and Michael Brewer. Brewer, a sophomore, was expected to be the 2013 starter before injuries forced him to the sideline.
Mayfield and Webb tied for the team lead in passing yards (2,315). Mayfield also finished his only season in Lubbock with 12 touchdown passes against nine interceptions. It's unclear at this time what the "miscommunication" was that led to Mayfield's departure.
Although he didn't begin his collegiate career with much hype, Mayfield shouldn't have trouble finding offers from major-conference suitors. Though his propensity for turnovers was concerning, he's an able runner who completed nearly 65 percent of his passes against a Big 12 schedule.
ESPN's recruit page for Mayfield noted that he had offers from Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, Rice and Washington State before attending Texas Tech. It has not been reported whether any of these schools will receive consideration in Mayfield's next stop.
Despite being a walk-on, Mayfield will have to sit out 2014 unless he receives an NCAA waiver.
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