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Offline ViseGrip

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Best football walk-on of all time.
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:41:41 PM »


As a true freshman Baker Mayfield walked-on at Texas Tech and won Big 12 Freshman of the year. For some reason, Kliff Kingsbury didnt think he was good enough for a scholarship so he left and walked on at OU. His Soph and Junior years he was a Heisman finalist and won the Bullworth Trophy (for most outstanding player who came to their school as a walk-on) both years.

At this point of the season, he is such an overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman, that a $100 bet will only net you $5. There really isnt a worthy challenger at this point.

I have followed OU very closely for 50 years and during that time I have never seen a player who had such a dynamic effect on the entire team.
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Re: Best football walk-on of all time.
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 10:16:32 PM »
So he left TTech for lack of scholarship and becomes a Heisman leader for 2 years and still not on scholarship?

Highly unusual. 

As a non-scholarship athlete he can walk away and play for anyone without an eligibility penalty.  That's nice leverage to hold over your coaching staff.

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Re: Best football walk-on of all time.
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 10:21:15 AM »
So he left TTech for lack of scholarship and becomes a Heisman leader for 2 years and still not on scholarship?

Highly unusual. 

As a non-scholarship athlete he can walk away and play for anyone without an eligibility penalty.  That's nice leverage to hold over your coaching staff.

Oh noooo...... He's on scholarship now!

And interestingly enough... you weren't correct about it 2 years ago. Let me rehash.

Mayfield walks on to Tech after being turned down by every Big 12 team (including OU and Tech) and becomes the first walk-on to start the first game of the year at a major conference. Second semester he  leaves Lubbock without a scholarship and shows up and enrolls at OU unannounced. Keep in mind that when he came to OU Trevor Knight was coming off a huge win over Bama in the Sugar Bowl and was being touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate and there were other QBs on scholarship as well. Under NCAA rules, Mayfield had to sit out 1 year and he did, but under OLD conference rules that sit out years could NOT count as a redshirt because Tech was not releasing him (nor did any of the other conference teams want to see him still on the roster in 2017 for that matter). He appealed and the unfairness of the situation was just too much to overlook and the rule about walk-on transfers was amended so that the transfer year COULD count as a redshirt provided there was no redshirt prior to that.
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Re: Best football walk-on of all time.
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 11:00:52 AM »
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A year ago, the Oklahoma quarterback rewrote college football record books with his 196.39 passing efficiency rating, shattering Russell Wilson's record of 191.78 set in 2011.

This year, Mayfield is poised to make a couple more edits to the annals.

Through 12 games, Mayfield is registering a 203.3 rating, according to NCAA calculations, a mark that would shatter the record he set last year. At the same point last year, Mayfield's rating was 197.8.
http://newsok.com/baker-mayfield-on-pace-to-break-his-own-record/article/5573758
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Re: Best football walk-on of all time.
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 06:30:50 PM »
I'm telling you, Leach is doing a good job there!!!!

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Re: Best football walk-on of all time.
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 07:38:37 PM »
Gotta share.....Mayfield's getting the Heisman.