Before Baker Mayfield became the starting quarterback for the College Football Playoff-bound Oklahoma Sooners, he was a transfer from Texas Tech who had to sit out a year.
What'd Mayfield do during the year he wasn't allowed to play?
">December 22, 2015
ESPN's Jake Trotter wrote a great feature on Mayfield's intramural success at Oklahoma during the year he had to sit out. He played basketball, football and softball with some guys he met on his dorm floor. And, unsurprisingly, he was extremely good.
His flag-football career was short-lived, though. Football players, even the ones who are sitting out a year, aren't allowed to play.
"He throws a bomb like 60 yards on a dime, somebody catches it and we win the game," Nick Pine said. "Thirty minutes later, we get can email saying he wasn't allowed to play anymore."
Mayfield was solid at basketball, but his best intramural sport, per the story, was softball.
"Baker's range at shortstop was unreal," Nick Pine said. "Nobody could drop those bloopers on him. He would make diving catches all the time. And he had a phenomenal arm. So he'd sit wait back in the grass."
"I couldn't even see the ball cross the diamond when he threw it," Matt Ray said.
Even after Mayfield was allowed to join the football team for spring ball, he kept playing softball. And the team went undefeated, winning an intramural title.
You can read the full story here.
Mayfield and Oklahoma are set to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.