QB Baker Mayfield is leaving Texas Tech
Mayfield, who started eight games for the Red Raiders this season, informed coach Kliff Kingsbury by phone on Tuesday before confirming it again the next day in person.
“I’m disappointed because I love Lubbock,” said Mayfield. “I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me and everything that Lubbock has done for me, but it’s time for me to move on and start over.
“I just didn’t feel comfortable anymore, and I just felt like it was time to move on,” Mayfield said.
Mayfield was the first walk-on quarterback to start the game for a season opener in FBS history, throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns in an inspiring debut win over SMU.
Things weren’t nearly as glamorous once conference play started—he averaged just 282.2 yards per game and threw five touchdowns to his eight interceptions, missing three games due to a knee injury.
Counterpart David Webb threw for 385 or more in his four starts this season and showed big-arm ability that is required for Kingsbury’s offensive system, but it was probably the decision to bypass Mayfield and make sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer—who threw 10 passes this season—the starter for the Holiday Bowl that inclined him to pack his bags.
Mayfield earned himself a scholarship opportunity somewhere, but it won’t be within the walls of the Big 12. Texas Tech has granted him release, but will bar him from transferring to another conference rival.
A three-star recruit from Lake Travis High School in Austin (TX), Mayfield received offers from Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, Rice and Washington State.
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