It’s hard to believe this, but Seth Emerson conducted a Baker Mayfield interview without deposing him under oath or subpoenaing his cell phone so that an independent expert could prove that Mayfield made shit up out of whole cloth. What the hell is journalism coming to these days, anyway?
Mayfield said this season has been one of “ups and downs,” with the ups being on the field, the downs being off it.
“The thing for me is I’m learning and growing. I’ve addressed those things. I’m not going to put on a front and act like I’m some perfect kid. I’m 22 years old. I’m learning and going through life. I’m proud to say I’ve gone through this process and let people know I’m growing and I’m becoming a better person.”
That included taking it in stride when Georgia fans blew up his phone.
“Respect. I respect them,” Mayfield said. “People ask me if I was really that mad. No, not really, it was pretty funny. Creative stuff. I’d hope that our fans would do the same thing if they got a chance.”
Fake news, man.
On a far less snarky note, speaking of introductions, Matt Hinton’s got a nice primer on the offense that Mayfield directs when he’s not otherwise occupied. It’s worth a read. One thing perhaps a little surprising is that Oklahoma has a robust running game.
Coach Lincoln Riley comes out of that tradition, having played and coached for Mike Leach during the peak Air Raid years at Texas Tech, but in fact the Sooners have been much more balanced this season in terms of both quantity (they keep it on the ground about 55 percent of the time) and quality: OU leads the Big 12 in both rushing offense and yards per carry and ranks No. 1 nationally in Offensive Rushing S&P+ by a wide margin, even without producing an individual 1,000-yard rusher – together, the top three backs, Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams, piled up 2,212 yards on 6.5 per carry without any of them claiming the spotlight. The offensive line, which returned all five starters from 2016, ranks No. 2 in Adjusted Line Yards.
It’s gonna be a challenge for Smart and Tucker, methinks.