OKLAHOMA — Baker Mayfield has worked tirelessly to bring his team success. The OU walk-on quarterback is now receiving recognition for his work.
Monday, Mayfield was presented with the Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on.
“Right now I’m pretty happy with this,” Mayfield said. “It’s a walk-on award, and just thinking back to my journey, it’s pretty special.”
The award was fitting for the Austin native as his time at OU was the second time he walked on to a football team, the first time being at Texas Tech.
“Last year, having to sit out and watch football, was a different situation for me,” Mayfield said. “It was tough, but having the success and our team working really hard now is kind of satisfying, to know that everything I did and took a chance on is paying off now.”
Despite his immediate success at OU, Baker said he would not be leaving any time soon.
“I’m not going to the draft,” Mayfield said. “I’m coming back to school; I like OU too much to do that.”
The Burlsworth Award is named after former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who worked his way from walk-on to All-American before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999. He was killed in a car accident 11 days later. East Carolina’s Justin Hardy won the award last year, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis is among the past winners.