Lincoln Riley faced criticism for taking the ball out of Baker Mayfield’s hands a few times against Kansas State, but he said the decision to take Mayfield out of the game for a few snaps in favor of backup Kyler Murray was due to Mayfield still recovering from an injury.
Mayfield didn’t practice at all last week after suffering an injury against Texas, Riley said on the Big 12 teleconference Monday. He said Oklahoma had planned for Murray to play some snaps against Kansas State because of that, but that Mayfield is healthier now.
“No. He’s doing a lot better,” Riley said of Mayfield. “He had a tough time last week but rebounded nicely and played very well. But no, it was just a deal where he didn’t practice and we had some things ready for Kyler that were ready to go. We didn’t get to all of them. But I thought [Murray] came in and did a nice job.”
Riley said during the game that Mayfield wasn’t hampered by injury, but his comments Monday offer an explanation for why Oklahoma used Murray and even went to the wildcat sometimes against Kansas State.
The Oklahoma coach said he was happy with the way Murray played.
“The plays that Kyler was in, we were really productive,” Riley said. “We all thought Rodney Anderson was in [for a touchdown] on the second one. Had two really good plays there. Then Rodney Anderson busts a big run because Kyler’s in the game and threatened them a little bit differently. And then like I said, if Kyler doesn’t fall on the very next play, he walks in the end zone.”
However, Riley declined to say if those packages with Murray would be a part of Oklahoma’s game plan in future games.
“I would never talk about what our plans are going forward on stuff like that,” Riley said. “It was just for this week and this game, the situation we were presented with Baker’s health, with everything, it’s what we chose to do.
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