The rumors started swirling late last night and finally came to fruition today. Texas Tech walk-on true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield, who started seven games for the Red Raiders this season, is transferring.
The news, first reported by Chris Level last night on Twitter, was confirmed this evening by Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal:
Mayfield told a reporter in his hometown of Austin that he’s leaving the program after one season — actually just one semester that he spent as a walk-on.
Mike Berman from YNN Austin posted the following on Twitter Wednesday afternoon: “Just spoke with Baker Mayfield, who confirms he will transfer after one season at Texas Tech. He will not play in Holiday Bowl vs. ASU.
“Mayfield says he’s transferring due to miscommunication with the Tech coaching staff. He wants a fresh start somewhere else (TBD).”
Mayfield, who was 5-2 as a starter during his extremely brief time as a Red Raider, ranked 2nd in the Big 12 in completions (218), behind only Baylor’s Bryce Petty (220). His Tech career ends with 2,315 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 190 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. He was the first true freshman walk-on to ever start a game for a major conference college football team in the season opener against SMU on Aug. 30 in Dallas.
He was also named the Big 12 Conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year by Big 12 coaches today.
As part a three-way quarterback battle, Mayfield’s decision isn’t all that surprising. Having to split time and reps with a physical specimen like Davis Webb and a veteran fan-favorite like Michael Brewer can mess with a young kid’s head and compel him to make a quick decision.
Ultimately, I don’t think this will effect the football team unless something happens to Brewer or Webb next year. Kingsbury brings in another potential star in Patrick Mahomes next fall, and I’m sure he’ll be given an opportunity to earn the job himself.
What say you? Is this a good decision or not for Baker? Will it end up hurting the team? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.