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QB Baker Mayfield transferring from Texas Tech

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Wednesday afternoon, Baker Mayfield was named as the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year.  A few hours, it was learned that the quarterback would be packing up his hardware and taking it to another campus to continue his collegiate playing career.

Mayfield confirmed to multiple media outlets late last night that he has decided to leave the Texas Tech football team and transfer to an undetermined institution.  Tuesday, Mayfield informed Kliff Kingsbury of his decision by phone and, after sleeping on it for a night, reaffirmed it in a face-to-face meeting with the head coach Wednesday.

The San Antonio Express-News wrote that the decision to transfer “came shortly after Mayfield had learned that sophomore Michael Brewer would be the Red Raiders’ starting quarterback in their Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl game against Arizona State.”  Obviously, Mayfield will not play in the postseason game.

“I’m disappointed because I love Lubbock,” Mayfield said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me and everything that Lubbock has done for me, but it’s time for me to move on and start over.”

Tech has granted Mayfield a release, but will be bar him from transferring to another Big 12 school.

A walk-on, Mayfield won the Red Raiders’ starting job (somewhat by default) during summer camp and held onto it until a knee injury in the fifth game sidelined him.  He returned and started the last three games of the regular season.  Fellow true freshman Davis Webb had started in place of Mayfield as he recovered from the injury, but will apparently get passed over as well as Brewer, who threw just 10 passes this season as he recovered from his own injury, will reportedly get the nod.

Mayfield, who was in line to go on scholarship at Tech this offseason, passed for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2013.

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10 Responses to “QB Baker Mayfield transferring from Texas Tech”
  1. seanmmartin says: Dec 12, 2013 7:50 AM

    Baylor would have been a good fit for him, but no Big XII school allowed.

  2. seanmmartin says: Dec 12, 2013 7:52 AM

    Thinking maybe Mizzou, Arizona, or Clemson if they’ll take him. He could’ve started at Duke yesterday.

  3. dbldmr says: Dec 12, 2013 8:00 AM

    Doesn’t seem right that a non-scholarship player can’t go wherever he wants.

  4. plarkin88 says: Dec 12, 2013 8:27 AM

    Not Clemson, they’ve got Stout, Kelly that have both taken some snaps this year, and top QB recruit Deshaun Watson showing up in January so he can be part of spring practice. QB won’t be the issue at Clemson next season.

  5. txstatebobcats1868 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:28 AM

    We would love to have you in down in San Marcos

  6. tgaustin says: Dec 12, 2013 9:33 AM

    Does this not seem a little bizarre to people?? This kid plays with some serious stones…not sure I understand why they aren’t starting him…and why he would transfer?

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:05 AM

    He was a walk on. No scholarship. He should be able to go anywhere he choses.

  8. v2the4 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:09 AM

    I think he will end up at either Houston, UT San Antonio, Texas St or could go to the FCS level to Sam Houston St or Stephen F Austin should he decide to stay in Texas…..outside of Texas, Mizzou, Arizona St or even Washington St are possibilities.

    good luck to the young man

  9. rascalmanny says: Dec 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    TN Vols fans will take you RIGHT NOW.


    (and you’ll be in the SEC baby!)

  10. seanmmartin says: Dec 12, 2013 12:52 PM

    Will probably end up at Houston.

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