University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops announced Monday afternoon that junior Baker Mayfield will be the Sooners' starting quarterback for their season opener Sept. 5 against Akron.
Stoops also indicated that junior Trevor Knight will be Mayfield's backup and that sophomore Cody Thomas will be the team's No. 3 quarterback.
"It's been a very tight battle among those three guys," said Stoops, OU's all-time leader with 168 wins. "Baker, Trevor and Cody have all made substantial progress and I feel we can win with any of them."
Mayfield, a 6-1, 209-pounder sat out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. As a freshman walk-on in 2013, the Austin, Texas, product was named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and received freshman honorable mention All-America honors from College Football News after throwing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games (seven starts).
Mayfield was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and earned multiple national-player-of-the-week honors after completing 43 of 60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns (added another on the ground) in a season-opening win over SMU.
The Sooners' opener against Akron will kick off at 6 p.m. CT at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
/// SoonerSports PR
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