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Texas Tech QB becomes first walk-on freshman to start opener for BCS AQ team

Baker Mayfield

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have a weird quarterback situation going on that could end up seeing former Washington Huskies quarterback Jeff Tuel become the first undrafted rookie quarterback to start an NFL opener in league history. Whether it gets to that point or not remains to be seen, but Friday night Texas Tech had a player accomplish what may be the equivalent.

Baker Mayfield, an unrated prospect by most recruiting outlets out of Austin, got the start at quarterback for the Red Raiders in Kliff Kingsbury‘s coaching debut. Mayfield is the first walk-on freshman to start a season opener for a program from a conference with an automatic BCS berth, according to Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News (via Twitter).

Mayfield wasted little time in showing why he was named the starting quarterback. On his first drive of the game, Mayfield completed seven of nine pass attempts for 46 yards to help set up a field goal and an early lead on the road at SMU.

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4 Responses to “Texas Tech QB becomes first walk-on freshman to start opener for BCS AQ team”
  1. miked12a says: Aug 30, 2013 8:24 PM

    Tuel was a Washington State Cougar, not a Washington Husky

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 30, 2013 8:41 PM

    Kevin: Cougar, not Husky.

    It is always great to see a young man who was under the radar (or scouts) and did not impress in high school, or just did not get viewed, making a squad and then above at least most expectations to start. When it happens it encourages other young men to seek out their dreams to play and not give up.

    Determination and perseverance will often get you farther in life than raw talent alone.

  3. balfe13 says: Aug 30, 2013 11:25 PM

    How dare you confuse UW with that Cougar trash?!

  4. thefiesty1 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:03 AM

    You’ve got to remember that Gilbert was ruined by Greg Davis when he was at Texas. Just wait Iowa.

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