This program is in good hands
NORMAN Moments after the Sooners scored their first of eight touchdowns in Saturday's 59-31 smacking of West Virginia, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was first greeted by his coach Lincoln Riley, then by his mentor, Baker Mayfield.
The Heisman frontrunner gave the Texas A&M transfer 'the look' along with a congratulatory bro hug as Murray trotted over to the sideline.
While the season is still far from over for OU, it's almost as if the torch was passed in that very moment. It just so happened to be from one transfer (Mayfield came to OU from Texas Tech) to another.
"I can relate to Kyler and where he's at mentally after playing freshman year, then transferring and sitting out," Mayfield said of Murray's journey. "At this point, he's ready to go. We have a great coaching staff, and with Kyler at the reins next year, this program is in good hands."
On the first play from scrimmage, Murray who earned the start for Mayfield after the senior's sideline antics at Kansas a week prior dashed down the field for 66 yards on a read-option. His 66-yard run was the fourth longest rush by a Sooner QB at home and the longest non-scoring rush by an OU QB at home.
With shades of Mayfield, the redshirt sophomore flashed his off-the-charts speed in the open field and outran the entire Mountaineer defense while giving Sooner nation a glimpse of what's still to come.
"He's a very talented guy arguably the fastest guy on our team and has a great combination with his arm," Mayfield said of Murray. "He really got the crowd into it on that first drive and proved we're going to be fine no matter what. I'm proud of him."