The quarterback picture across the Big 12 became a little clearer. Both Oklahoma and Kansas officially named their starting quarterback on Monday. Baker Mayfield will take command of the Sooner’s new Air Raid offense while Montell Cozart reclaims his role for the Jayhawks.
For the Sooners, 2013 Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield won the starting job over incumbent starter Trevor Knight and sophomore Cody Thomas.
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Mayfield started and won his first five games in 2013 before ultimately losing the job to Davis Webb. By the end of the season Mayfield was third on the Red Raiders’ depth chart. After some ‘miscommunication’ between him and head coach Kliff Kingsbury he walked away from the program, and walked into Norman.
Mayfield is thought to be the best fit for Lincoln Riley’s newly installed “Air Raid” offense given the similarity to Texas Tech’s offense.
“Maybe the strangest thing that’s ever happened in my coaching career,” said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops about Mayfield’s transfer to OU. “I heard the rumors he’s transferring to Oklahoma and I never talked to the guy. He’s never called to ask if he could. If I said no he might be in a fraternity over here playing yard ball.”
At Kansas, Montell Cozart gets the starting nod. The Jayhawk’s QB race took a major turn when Michael Cummings suffered a torn ACL during spring practice. Out for the season, Cummings’ injury left the junior, Cozart, to battle two true freshmen, Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis. Given Cozart’s experience, he was the heavy favorite to win the job.
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KU is hoping for better productivity out of Cozart who had some rough outings last season as a sophomore. He started in five games and had a completion percentage of less than 50%, throwing five touchdowns and seven picks.