Baker Mayfield spoke to Bruce Feldman about his season so far, and the impact his off-season arrest had.
Back in February, the Heisman candidate was arrested on four charges—public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing, and resisting arrest—stemming from an incident in Arkansas.
A few weeks later, embarrassing video of the incident was released, showing the Oklahoma quarterback getting tackled by officers after trying to flee the scene.
Mayfield has heard plenty from opposing fans about the arrest, as he expected, and thinks that will continue in a big way when the Sooners head to Oklahoma State on November 4. From Sports Illustrated:
BF: What do you expect from the Oklahoma State fans when Bedlam is in Stillwater this season?
BM: What to expect in Bedlam? I expect my mugshot to be everywhere. Quite frankly, I would be a little disappointed if they didn’t do it. I am expecting there to be a lot of trash talk. Our sidelines [at Oklahoma], our fans are very close; it is very enclosed. There is not a lot of room right there. You hear what the fans are saying. In Stillwater they are even closer and they are on top of you. They get those paddles going. I expect there to be just a great atmosphere and a lot on the line for that game given the Big 12 implications. I expect them to bring their A game, and I got a funny story here.
Mayfield does not have to wait until Bedlam to hear from fans of the Pokes, though. After the arrest, he got a pretty good prank in the mail.
After I got arrested, I got something in the mail at my house and it said like, it was like Posters-R-Us or something. I can’t remember the company name. I thought it was going to be a big thing of my mugshot that I would take out—‘O.K., that is a good one.’ It was a spring-loaded confetti bomb with orange and black glitter—they sent that to me and got me pretty good. That is why I love college football. Rivalries. I expect that game to be a lot of fun.
Before traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma has its other huge Big 12 rivalry game, Texas in the Red River Shootout, on Saturday, followed by a tough trip to Kansas State and a home game vs. Mayfield’s old school, Texas Tech.