Mike Jones

Baker Mayfield is the most polarizing player in college football. But in Oklahoma, he is OK

Baker Mayfield is the most polarizing player in college football. But in Oklahoma, he is OK

Take a stroll east from Gaylord Memorial Stadium and gaze at college football history.

Heisman Park is hallowed Oklahoma ground. Statues of the Sooners’ Heisman Trophy winners strike aggressive poses. Billy Vessels hunching over, carrying the ball. Steve Owens turning up field, looking to batter an opponent. Billy Sims shifting his hips, to make a sharp cut. Jason White unloading a deep pass. Sam Bradford with his armed cocked.

At some point, quarterback Baker Mayfield will take up residence. At least one Oklahoma fan was a little impatient.

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