Baker Mayfield Leaving Texas Tech Red Raiders Hurts QB Depth

By Tyler Brett
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Baker Mayfield became one of the great stories of the 2013 college football season as a walk-on true freshman quarterback winning the starting job of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in fall camp. Kliff Kingsbury appeared to have found a diamond in the rough in Mayfield as he sparked the Tech offensive attack to their lightning fast start in 2013. However, Kingsbury will have to look elsewhere for his quarterback depth moving forward as Mayfield announced his intention to transfer from Lubbock effective immediately.

Mayfield starting the first five games of the season (all Tech wins) before injuring his knee against the Kansas Jayhawks. He returned to the starting lineup by displacing fellow true freshman Davis Webb in the 10th game of the year against the Kansas State Wildcats and started the regular-season finale against the Texas Longhorns. The young QB finished the year with 2,315 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in eight starts. He helped lead the team’s passing in 2013 as the Red Raiders finished the year ranked No. 2 in passing offense this season.

The Austin-native has spoken with Kingsbury about his decision and confirmed he will be leaving the school due to a “miscommunication” with the Texas Tech coaching staff. Kingsbury had previously said that the Red Raiders were planning on putting Mayfield onto scholarship just as soon as one become available after the season. It seems like that process wasn’t moving quite as quickly or as completely as Mayfield expected which may have pushed the young signal caller out of town. Even though he’s a walk-on, Mayfield will have to get a release from the school before he is able to transfer to another school.

Where Mayfield will end up is still unclear but reports indicate that he will not be allowed to transfer to another Big 12 school. That eliminates most of the teams from his home state of Texas, minus the Texas A&M Aggies of the SEC (if he wants to stay in a power conference). For Tech, Kingsbury must now turn to Webb or sophomore Michael Brewer to start for the Red Raiders when they square off with the Arizona State Sun Devils in the National University Holiday Bowl.

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