NORMAN, Okla. - The Sooner football team looks like it might be getting a quarterback, but is also losing a linebacker.
On the same day it was reported that Texas Tech freshman Baker Mayfield is planning on leaving the Red Raiders and walking on at Oklahoma, senior linebacker Corey Nelson lost his appeal for a medical hardship.
The Austin American Statesman reported Mayfield, who passed for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns, will enroll at Oklahoma in January. If that happens, Mayfield will join a crowded quarterback derby for 2014. Already on campus is Blake Bell, Trevor Knight, Kendal Thompson and Cody Thomas. Justice Hansen, who is graduating from high school early, is also expected to join the team in January.
Bell and Knight have both started multiple games this season. Thompson has played in two games, including the regular-season finale at Oklahoma State.
According to a number of sources, no one from the Oklahoma staff has talked with Mayfield.
Meanwhile, back to Nelson. The senior linebacker played just the first month of the season before tearing his pectoral muscle on Oct. 5 against TCU. He was hoping to get an extra year, but the NCAA denied his appeal on Thursday.
According to ESPN.com, Nelson will appeal once more. Nelson initially applied for a medical redshirt through the Big 12 before going to the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement.