Kliff Kingsbury compliments Baker Mayfield; needing win, Sooners basketball to face Texas

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Kingsbury compliments Mayfield

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is rising up NFL draft boards. However, NFL scouts are starting to get analysis of Mayfield from a former coach: Kliff Kingsbury. Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko is reporting that Kingsbury has talked to a few NFL teams.

Mayfield left Texas Tech on relatively bad terms after a falling out with Kingsbury. However, Kingsbury is reportedly telling teams that Mayfield learned the offense extraordinarily quickly in Lubbock and that he thinks NFL teams could build an offense around Mayfield.

Height question

Mayfield is tired of people talking about his height. During an interview with the New York Post’s Steve Serby, Mayfield said that he thinks it’s unfair that people keep ragging on his height.

Mayfield pointed to NFL quarterbacks who have succeeded “despite” their height, including Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. Of course, he threw for nearly 15,000 yards during his time at Oklahoma, and won three conference championships. That has to count for something, right?

Other headlines:

  • Five-star offensive tackle recruit Kenyon Green will be in attendance at Oklahoma’s junior day this weekend. He will be joined by a number of the top players in the nation, including seven of the top 20 in Texas.
  • NFL Network’s Mike Mayock released his NFL draft position rankings, and Oklahoma stars ranked surprisingly low. Mayfield was fourth among quarterbacks — behind Josh Allen.
  • Oklahoma defensive specialist Chris Woods will leave to become the defensive coordinator at Texas State, according to FootballScoop. Previously, Woods was the defensive coordinator at Holmes CC and Columbia University.

Red River Rivalry

Oklahoma men’s basketball will take on the Texas Longhorns in the basketball version of the Red River Rivalry at 11 a.m. CT Saturday on ESPN in Norman. The Sooners desperately need a win over the Longhorns, as Oklahoma has lost four consecutive games.

Luckily, this game will take place at home. The Sooners are riding a six-game losing streak on the road. Texas needs a win just as badly. The Longhorns have lost three straight games, including a double-overtime matchup against Baylor at home.

Other headlines:

  • NBA legend Oscar Robertson reportedly gave Sooners star point guard Trae Young a supportive phone call on Thursday. Young is still the brightest star in the country, but he has struggled during a four-game losing streak. He’s averaging nearly 6 turnovers per game during it.
  • Baseball begins on Friday, as the Sooners participate in “Baseball at the Beach” in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Softball will also participate in a four-game Troy Cox Classic at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Women’s basketball faces off against West Virginia at 2 p.m. CT Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. The Sooners have won three of four games, and pushed No. 3 Baylor until the finish.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Associate athletic director Kenny Mossman

Defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin

Douglas Football (Lincoln Riley retweet)

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