Baker Mayfield

Baker Reagan Mayfield (born April 14, 1995)[1] is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

Mayfield began his college football career as a walk-on player for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He is notable for being the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener at a BCS school.[2] Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech to Oklahoma following alleged scholarship issues and a lack of communication with coaches.[3] After sitting out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Mayfield won the starting quarterback job in 2015.[4][5] He won several awards for his performance as a senior in 2017, including the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and unanimous All-America recognition.

Mayfield was drafted by the Browns first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his first NFL appearance, Mayfield led Cleveland to their first win in 19 games, ending a 635 day winless streak. He threw 27 touchdowns in his 13 starts for the Browns in 2018, breaking the rookie-season, passing-TD record previously held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

Baker Mayfield
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Mayfield in 2018
No. 6 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:April 14, 1995 (age 23)
Austin, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
College:Oklahoma
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
TDINT:27–14
Completion percentage:63.8
Passing yards:3,725
Passer rating:93.7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and high school career

Mayfield was born on April 14, 1995 to James and Gina Mayfield, the second of two sons.[1][6] James, a private equity consultant, encountered financial difficulties during his younger son's senior year in high school. These struggles forced the Mayfields to sell their family home and move from rental home to rental home.[6]

Mayfield grew up as a fan of Oklahoma, and he attended a number of their games during his childhood.[4] His father played football for three years for the University of Houston, though James never lettered.[6]

Mayfield was the starting quarterback for the Lake Travis High School Cavaliers football team.[7] He led Lake Travis to a 25–2 record in two seasons and won the 2011 4A State Championship.[7] He finished his high school football career totaling 6,255 passing yards, 67 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Baker Mayfield
QB
Austin, Texas Lake Travis High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 70
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career

Texas Tech

Shortly before the start of the 2013 season, Mayfield was named as the starting quarterback following a back injury of projected starter and former Lake Travis quarterback Michael Brewer.[8] Mayfield is believed to be the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener at the quarterback position.[6]

In his first start against SMU, Mayfield passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns. His 43 completions of 60 attempts broke a school record held by Billy Joe Tolliver, and fell only four completions short of the NCAA Division I FBS single-game record for completions by a freshman, held by Luke McCown.[9][10] For his performance, Mayfield was named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week – the first freshman Texas Tech quarterback to be named so since former Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury in 1999.[11] The game featured the last four former Lake Travis quarterbacks combined on both teams: Garrett Gilbert, Michael Brewer, Collin Lagasse, and Mayfield.[12]

Following the Red Raiders' second victory over Stephen F. Austin, Mayfield's 780 season yards and seven touchdowns already exceeded the 755 yards and six touchdowns accrued by Texas Tech's last true freshman quarterback, Aaron Keesee, in 10 games.[13] After being affected by injury and losing the starting job to fellow true freshman Davis Webb, Mayfield finished the season with 2,315 yards on 218-of-340 completions with 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.[14]

Mayfield was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy in November; the award is given to the best player in Division I football who began his college career as a walk-on.[15]

Mayfield earned Big 12 Conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year for the 2013 season.[16] Mayfield announced that he would be leaving the program due to a "miscommunication" with the coaching staff.[17][18]

Oklahoma

Mayfield enrolled at the University of Oklahoma in January 2014, but had not contacted the Sooner coaching staff. Mayfield further elaborated in an interview with ESPN that he sought to transfer due to scholarship issues and a perception that he had earned the starting position and that further competition was not "really fair."[3][17] The alleged scholarship issues were denied by Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.[19]

In February 2014, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops confirmed that Mayfield would be walking on for the Oklahoma Sooners. Mayfield was not eligible to play until the 2015 season, and lost a season of eligibility due to Big 12 Conference transfer rules following an unsuccessful appeal of his transfer restrictions.[20]

2015 season

On August 24, 2015, Mayfield was named the starting quarterback for the Sooners after winning an open quarterback competition against Trevor Knight.[21] On September 6, 2015, Mayfield started against Akron. Mayfield totaled 388 passing yards with three passing touchdowns on 23 completions in the 41–3 win.[22] In the second game of the 2015 season, Mayfield started at Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. The Sooners were ranked 19th at the time and the Volunteers were ranked 23rd. Mayfield started off very slow in the game, not even reaching midfield until the 13-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Oklahoma came back from a 17-point deficit to win the game by a score of 31–24 in double overtime. Mayfield threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns on 19 completions while throwing two interceptions early in the game.[23] In the third game of the season, Mayfield started against Tulsa. He had a career day, throwing for 487 yards and four touchdowns, including 316 yards in the first half. Mayfield also ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the 52–38 win.[24][25]

Mayfield finished the year with 3,700 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He finished fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy and helped lead Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff semifinal (2015 Orange Bowl). However, Oklahoma lost to Clemson by a score of 37–17.[26]

2016 season

Mayfield started off the 2016 season with 323 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 33–23 loss to #15 Houston.[27] In the rivalry game against Texas on October 8, he had 390 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the 45–40 victory.[28] On October 22, in a 66–59 victory over Texas Tech, Mayfield had 545 passing yards and seven touchdowns in an historic matchup against future NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes tallied 734 passing yards and five touchdowns to go along with Mayfield's numbers in a game that broke various single-game passing records.[29] Over the final five games of the regular season, Mayfield totaled 1,321 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, and three interceptions, to go along with three rushing touchdowns. All five games were victories for the Sooners.[30]

In December 2016, it was announced that Mayfield and his top receiving target, Dede Westbrook, would be finalists for the 2016 Heisman Trophy. It was also announced that they would play in the 2017 Sugar Bowl.[31] Mayfield ended up finishing third in the Heisman voting.[32]

In the 2017 Sugar Bowl, Mayfield helped lead the Sooners to a 35–19 victory over Auburn. He finished the game with 19 completions on 28 attempts for 296 passing yards and two touchdowns, earning him the MVP award.[33]

2017 season

On September 9, 2017, after a win against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Mayfield planted the Sooners' flag in the middle of the painted "O" at Ohio Stadium, causing a major public backlash.[34][35] Mayfield issued an apology shortly afterwards.[35]

On November 4, 2017, Mayfield threw for a school-high 598 yards against in-state rival Oklahoma State.[36] Mayfield finished 24-for-36 with five passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, and Oklahoma won the game by a score of 62–52.[37][38] Mayfield completed his career 3–0 as the starting Oklahoma quarterback in the Bedlam Series.[37]

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Mayfield at 2017 Big 12 Media Days

In November 2017, Mayfield was under fire again after an interaction during the game against Kansas. Mayfield was seen grabbing his crotch and mouthing "Fuck you!" at the coach of the opposing team. He also told their fans to "Go cheer on basketball."[39] In response, Mayfield issued another public apology.[40] Days after the 41–3 victory over Kansas, Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley announced that Mayfield would not start or be the captain during the upcoming game against West Virginia due to his actions against Kansas.[41]

On December 2, 2017, with the return of the Big 12 Championship Game after a six-year hiatus,[42] Mayfield led Oklahoma to its third straight Big 12 championship, with Oklahoma beating the TCU Horned Frogs 41–17.[43][44] Mayfield won MVP honors while Oklahoma clinched a second playoff berth in three years.[43] A month later, the Sooners lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 54–48 in the 2018 Rose Bowl, which served as the national semifinal game.[45]

On December 9, 2017, Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy with a sweeping majority.[46] He received 732 first-place votes and a total of 2,398 points.[47] This amount translated to 86% of the possible points and the third highest percentage in Heisman history.[46] In addition, Mayfield became the first and only walk-on player to ever win the Heisman Trophy.[47]

"Baker Mayfield rule"

When Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech to Oklahoma after his freshman year, he filed an appeal to the NCAA to allow him to be eligible to play immediately at Oklahoma on the basis that he was a walk-on and not a scholarship player at Texas Tech; therefore, the transfer rules that apply to scholarship players should not be applicable to his situation. The NCAA denied his appeal as he did not meet the criteria. Big 12 Conference rules additionally stipulate that intra-conference transfers will lose one year of eligibility over and beyond the one-year sit-out imposed by the NCAA.[48] Mayfield attempted to appeal his initial loss of eligibility to the Big 12 Conference faculty athletics representatives but was denied in September 2014.[49]

Officials from Oklahoma asked Texas Tech officials to authorize Mayfield's immediate eligibility, but Texas Tech officials objected and declined the request before granting a release in July 2014.[50] Mayfield was thus forced to sit out the 2014 season, while also losing one year of eligibility as required by the rules.[51][52]

On June 1, 2016, the Big 12 faculty athletic representatives voted against a rule proposal that would have allowed walk-on players to transfer within the conference and not lose a year of eligibility. The next day, the rule proposal was amended to allow walk-on players, without a written scholarship offer from the school they are transferring from, to transfer within the conference without losing a season of eligibility. The faculty athletic representatives approved the amended proposal with a vote of 7–3. The rule change made Mayfield eligible to play for Oklahoma through the 2017 season. Texas Tech voted in favor of the rule.[53][54]

College statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yards Y/Att Long TDs Int Sacked Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2013 Texas Tech 8 5 218 340 64.1 2,315 6.8 60 12 9 24 127.7 88 190 2.2 3
2014 Oklahoma Ineligible to play
2015 Oklahoma 13 13 269 395 68.1 3,700 9.4 76 36 7 39 173.3 141 405 2.9 7
2016 Oklahoma 13 13 254 358 70.9 3,965 11.1 88 40 8 18 196.4 78 177 2.3 6
2017 Oklahoma 14 13 285 404 70.5 4,627 11.5 84 43 6 26 198.9 97 311 3.2 5
Career 48 44 1,026 1,497 68.5 14,607 9.8 88 131 30 107 175.4 404 1,083 2.7 21

Source: [55]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 0 58 in
(1.84 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
30 14 in
(0.77 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.84 s 1.72 s 2.84 s 4.28 s 7.00 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
25
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[56][57]
Baker Mayfield training camp 2018 (2) (cropped)
Mayfield in 2018 training camp

The Cleveland Browns selected Mayfield with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.[58] Mayfield signed a four-year rookie contract with the Browns on July 24, 2018, with the deal worth $32.68 million in guaranteed salary.[59]

2018 season

Baker Mayfield (29349436067)
Mayfield made his professional debut on August 9, 2018, in the first preseason game against the New York Giants, finishing with 212 passing yards and two touchdowns.[60]

Mayfield played in his first regular season game in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football against the New York Jets, replacing an injured Tyrod Taylor, with the Browns down 14–0. He went 17 of 23, passing for 201 yards as the Browns came back and prevailed 21–17, ending their winless streak at 19 games (635 days).[61] In the victory, Mayfield became the first player since Fran Tarkenton in 1961 to not start the game, throw for more than 200 yards, and win the game.[62]

Mayfield started for the first time in the Browns' next game, making him the 30th starting quarterback for the Browns since their return to the NFL in 1999,[63] in a 42–45 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders.[64] In Week 5, Mayfield threw for 342 passing yards and one touchdown as he earned his first victory as a Browns' starter, in 12–9 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.[65] In Week 10, Mayfield led the Browns to a 28–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. throwing for 216 yards, three touchdowns, and a passer rating of 151.2, with no turnovers.[66] The following week, Mayfield led the Browns to their first road win since the 2015 season, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He completed 19 of 26 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns.[67] In Week 12, in a 13–29 loss to the Houston Texans, Mayfield passed for 397 passing yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.[68] Mayfield bounced back in the following game, a 26–20 victory over the Carolina Panthers, going 18 of 22 for 238 passing yards and one touchdown.[69]

In Week 16, Mayfield completed 27 of 37 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 26–18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[70] He also won the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week fan vote for the sixth time.[71] On December 29, Mayfield was fined $10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game. As reported by The Plain Dealer, Mayfield "pretended to expose his private parts" to Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens after throwing a touchdown to tight end Darren Fells. Kitchens later defended the gesture as an inside joke between the two. Mayfield's agent Tom Mills said they would appeal the fine.[72] On December 30, Mayfield threw for 376 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens' league-best defense in a 24–26 road loss in the regular season finale. He helped lead the Browns to their most wins in a season since 2014 and fewest losses since 2007.[73]

He finished the season with 3,725 passing yards and surpassed Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson for most touchdowns thrown in a rookie season with 27.[74][75]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles Record
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yards Avg TD Sck Yds Fum Lost W-L
2018 CLE 14 13 310 486 63.8 3,725 7.7 27 14 93.7 39 131 3.4 0 25 173 7 2 6–7
Total 14 13 310 486 63.8 3,725 7.7 27 14 93.7 39 131 3.4 0 25 173 7 2 6–7
Source:[76]

Career accomplishments

Accolades (College/NFL)

NCAA records/accomplishments

  • First walk-on transfer student to win Heisman Trophy
  • NCAA passer rating leader (2017) [203.8][79]
  • 2x NCAA passing efficiency rating leader (2016, 2017) [196.4, 198.9]
  • 2x NCAA yards per attempt leader (2016, 2017) [11.1, 11.5]
  • 2x NCAA adjusted passing yards per attempt leader (2016, 2017) [12.3, 12.9]
  • 2x NCAA pass completion percentage leader (2016, 2017) [70.9, 70.5]
  • NCAA total yards per play leader (2017) [9.9]
  • NCAA TDs responsible for leader (2017) [49]

Oklahoma Sooners football records

  • Most career total touchdowns — 137 (119 passing, 18 rushing)
  • Highest career passing completion percentage — 69.8 (tied)
  • Most passing yards in a game — 598
  • Most passing touchdowns in a game — 7

NFL records

  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback — 27[80]

Cleveland Browns franchise records

Career

  • Most uninterrupted consecutive games with at least 2 passing touchdowns — 5[81]

Season

  • Most Passing Yards per Game – 266.1[82]

Rookie season

  • Most Passing Touchdowns — 27[83]
  • Highest QBR — 55.7[84]
  • Highest Passer Rating — 93.7[85]
  • Highest Completed Pass Percentage — 63.8[86]
  • Highest Net Yards per Pass Attempt — 6.95[87]
  • Highest Adjusted Net Yards per Pass Attempt — 6.77[88]
  • Lowest Percentage of Sacks per Pass Attempt — 4.9[89]
  • Most Passing Completions — 310[90]
  • Most Passing Yards — 3,725[91]
  • Most Passing Yards per Game – 266.1[92]
  • Most 4th quarter Comebacks — 3[93]
  • Most Game Winning Drives — 4[94]
  • Most Passing Yards in a Game — 397[95]
  • Most Touchdown Passes in a game — 4
  • Most Passing Completions in a game — 29 (Done twice, tied with Tim Couch)
  • High Passing Completion Percentage in a game — 85.0 (17/20, Week 10)

Personal life

In June 2018, Mayfield announced his engagement to Emily Wilkinson, a former patient coordinator for a plastic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills and current Instagram model.[96] Mayfield is close friends with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich.[97] Baker has an older brother named Matt.[98]

Legal issues

On February 25, 2017, Mayfield was arrested in Washington County, Arkansas on public intoxication and fleeing charges.[99] The charges included public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing, and resisting arrest. At 2:29 a.m. that Saturday, a police officer was flagged down on an assault and battery report. The person who flagged the officer was yelling at Mayfield. The preliminary police report described Mayfield as unable to walk straight, having slurred speech and food covering the front of his shirt. When he was asked to stay so the police could get a statement, Mayfield began shouting obscenities and "causing a scene". Mayfield was booked at 8:21 a.m. local time on the misdemeanor charges. He had a court date on April 7 for the public intoxication charge, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.[100] On June 15, 2017, the University of Oklahoma ordered Mayfield to undergo 35 hours of community service along with completing an alcohol education program.[101]

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2013 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

The 2013 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team represented Texas Tech University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season as members of the Big 12 Conference. Kliff Kingsbury led the Red Raiders in his first season as the program's fifteenth head coach. The Red Raiders played home games on the university's campus in Lubbock, Texas at Jones AT&T Stadium.

At the end of the 2012 regular season, Head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned to take the same position with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Former Red Raider quarterback, Houston Cougars offensive coordinator, and Texas A&M Aggies offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the new head coach prior to the 2013 season.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Associated Press named tight end Jace Amaro, offensive tackle Le'Raven Clark, and linebacker Will Smith to their first team selections. Defensive tackle Kerry Hyder and wide receiver Eric Ward were selected for the second team. Jace Amaro additionally earned Unanimous All-American honors from many organizations and broke the single season tight end receiving yards record in a 37–23 upset over #14 Arizona State in the 2013 Holiday Bowl. Despite having two true freshman quarterbacks start every game, the Red Raiders ended the season as the number-two-ranked passing offense in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 392.8 yards per game, just behind Fresno State's 394.8 yards per game.

2015 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 2015 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 121st season of Sooner football. The team was led by two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award winner, Bob Stoops, in his 17th season as head coach. They played their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They were a charter member of the Big 12 Conference.

Conference play began on October 3, 2015 with a 44–24 win against West Virginia in Norman, Oklahoma and ended with a 58–23 win against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma on November 28, 2015. Oklahoma finished conference play with an 8–1 record winning their ninth Big 12 Championship, their first since 2012.

Oklahoma was selected as the 4th seed to play in the 2015 College Football playoff against 1st seed Clemson on December 31, 2015 in the Orange Bowl which they lost 17–37. Oklahoma finished the season with an 11–2 record.

2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season

The 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season was the highest level of college football competition in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The regular season began on August 26, 2017 and ended on December 9, 2017.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs played in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime by a score of 26–23 on a game-winning touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta Smith. Alabama claimed its 17th national title in school history, the most of any current FBS team.

The University of Central Florida Knights finished the season as the only undefeated team in NCAA Division I FBS and beat the Auburn Tigers. Auburn defeated College Football Playoff national champion Alabama and split two games with runner-up Georgia during the season. Because of this, the UCF Knights also claimed a national title this season.

2017 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 2017 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 123rd season of Sooner football. The team was led by Lincoln Riley, who was in his first year as head coach, after the retirement of Bob Stoops in June 2017. They played their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They are a charter member of the Big 12 Conference.

Conference play began with a 49–41 win against Baylor in Waco, Texas and ended with a 59–31 win against West Virginia in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma finished conference play with the best record in the conference with an 8–1 record. They went on to play TCU in the 2017 Big 12 Championship Game which they won 41–17 to win their twelfth Big 12 Championship and their third consecutive.

Oklahoma was selected as the 2nd seed to play in the 2017 College Football Playoff and lost to the 3rd seed Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield earned several national honors, including winning the school's sixth Heisman Trophy, distinguishing him as the best player in college football during the 2017 season. Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and 43 passing touchdowns on the year, second in FBS in both categories. He broke his own NCAA FBS record for passing efficiency rating with a rating of 198.9.

2017 Sugar Bowl

The 2017 Sugar Bowl is a bowl game that was played on January 2, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This 83rd Sugar Bowl was played between a team from the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference. It is one of the 2016–17 bowl games that concluded the 2016 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Allstate insurance company, the game is officially known as the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

2018 Cleveland Browns season

The 2018 season was the Cleveland Browns' 70th season as a professional sports franchise, their 66th season as a member of the NFL, and their first full season under general manager John Dorsey. It was their third and final season under head coach Hue Jackson. The Browns improved upon their 2017 campaign in which they went a franchise worst 0–16, securing a 3rd place finish within the division as they went 7–8–1, their best record since the 2007 season. However, they failed to end their franchise-record and league-high 15-year playoff drought and enter the postseason for the first time since 2002.

On September 9, the Browns opened their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 21–21 tie. This was the Browns' first tie since 1989, and it ended a 17-game losing streak which dated back to the 2016 season. Bizarrely, this week 1 tie resulted in them clinching a record better than in 2017, while also not having won a game in two seasons. On September 20, the Browns defeated the New York Jets 21–17, ending a 19-game winless streak.

On October 29, Jackson was fired after posting a record of 2–5–1 through Week 8 and an overall record of 3–36–1 during his two and a half seasons in Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was in his first season with the Browns, was fired the same day. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was named interim head coach. Under Williams, the Browns went 5–3 to finish out the second-half of the season.

Rookie starting quarterback Baker Mayfield threw 27 touchdown passes, breaking the record for the most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie quarterback. Not only that, he only started 13 games, while the previous record holders, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson with 26 touchdown passes, started all 16.

2018 NFL season

The 2018 NFL season was the 99th season of the National Football League (NFL). The season began on September 6, 2018, with the NFL Kickoff Game with the defending Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Atlanta Falcons 18–12. The season concluded with Super Bowl LIII, the league's championship game, on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia between NFC Champions Los Angeles Rams and AFC Champions New England Patriots. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13–3 for their sixth Super Bowl championship and their third in their last five seasons.

2018 Rose Bowl

The 2018 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs, played on January 1, 2018 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. The 104th Rose Bowl Game was a semifinal for the College Football Playoff (CFP), matching two of the top four teams selected by the system's selection committee. Georgia and Oklahoma competed for a spot at the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game, to be played on January 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won the game with a 27-yard run by Sony Michel, shortly after Lorenzo Carter blocked Oklahoma Sooners' field goal attempt in the second overtime. The game lasted four hours and five minutes. With 26.8 million viewers on ESPN, the game ranked as the fifth most-viewed cable program of all time.The game was one of the 2017–18 bowl games that concluded the 2017 FBS football season. It was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, with the kickoff at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time). The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association organized the game. Sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual financial services organization, the game was officially known as the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

Burlsworth Trophy

The Burlsworth Trophy is an award given annually to the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on. The Trophy is a program of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation and is presented by the Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas

The award, first awarded for the 2010 season, is named for Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the University of Arkansas football program in 1994 and ultimately became an All-American. Selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft, he was killed in a car accident shortly after the draft.The trophy was sculpted and produced by Raymond Gibby of Nobility Bronze in Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

Christian Yelich

Christian Stephen Yelich (born December 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins. Yelich was drafted out of high school by the Marlins in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He is one of four players in Brewers history to win the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award.

Davis Webb

Davis Matthew Webb (born January 22, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech from 2013 to 2015 and California in 2016. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Joe Castiglione (athletic director)

Joseph Robert Castiglione (born October 8, 1957) is Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics at the University of Oklahoma.

Since his arrival at Oklahoma in April 1998, the school has won a total of 18 national championships in football (2000); softball (2000, 2013, 2016, 2017); men's golf (2017); men's gymnastics (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018); and women's gymnastics (2014, 2016, 2017).

Among his earliest and best-known moves as OU's AD came in December 1998 with the hiring of head football coach Bob Stoops. Castiglione's decision quickly paid off as Stoops, a first-time head coach, immediately began work rejuvenating a program that had experienced a 10-year decline. Within two seasons, Stoops guided OU to its first national football title in 15 years and first conference championship since 1987. After 18 seasons that included 10 Big 12 titles, victories in all four BCS games (Orange, Rose, Sugar and Fiesta), and four Heisman Trophy Winners (Jason White in 2003, Sam Bradford in 2008, Baker Mayfield in 2017 and Kyler Murray in 2018), Stoops retired in June 2017 as the program's all-time leader in victories with 190.

The former athletic director at the University of Missouri, Castiglione received the 2004 Bobby Dodd Award for athletic director of the year. He was named National Athletic Director of the Year in May 2009 by the SportsBusiness Journal.Castiglione is a 1979 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he played football as a walk-on. He also earned a Master's in Education from Oklahoma in 2007.

On February 19, 2018, it was announced he would be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of fame.

Kliff Kingsbury

Kliff Timothy Kingsbury (born August 9, 1979) is the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). During his playing career, Kingsbury held many NCAA Division I passing records. On January 8, 2019, the Cardinals hired him as their head coach, replacing Steve Wilks.

Kingsbury served as head coach of his alma mater, Texas Tech University, from 2013 to 2018. Prior to being named head coach of the Red Raiders, Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator for Texas A&M University, coaching Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel during the 2012 season. Kingsbury began his coaching career as an assistant for the University of Houston from 2008–2011.

List of Cleveland Browns first-round draft picks

The Cleveland Browns joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1950 with the Baltimore Colts and San Francisco 49ers after having spent four seasons with the All-America Football Conference. The Browns' first selection as an NFL team was Ken Carpenter, a wide receiver from Oregon State. The team's most recent first round selections were Baker Mayfield, quarterback at Oklahoma and Denzel Ward, cornerback at Ohio State.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Browns did not have any draft choices from 1996 to 1998, because then-owner Art Modell took all the team's players to Baltimore, Maryland, effectively stopping the franchise. However, the NFL mandated that the Browns' name, colors, and franchise history remain in Cleveland and that the team would reactivate by 1999. In 1999, the Browns selected number one overall, drafting University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch.

The Browns have selected number one overall five times: Bobby Garrett (1954), Tim Couch (1999), Courtney Brown (2000), Myles Garrett (2017) and Baker Mayfield (2018). The team has also selected number two overall only once and number three overall five times. The Browns have selected players from the University of Michigan five times, Ohio State University and the University of Southern California four times, and the University of Florida three times. Four eventual Hall of Famers were selected by the Browns: Doug Atkins, Jim Brown, Paul Warfield, and Ozzie Newsome.

List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Since joining the NFL in 1950, the Browns have had 57 different quarterbacks start in at least one game for the team. Pro Football Hall of Fame member Otto Graham, the team's first quarterback, led the Browns to three NFL championships in their first six seasons in the league. Since resuming operations in 1999 after a three-year vacancy, the franchise has been notable for its futility at the quarterback position. From 1999 through week 4 of the 2018 season, the team had 31 different players start at quarterback. Tim Couch, the Browns' first overall draft pick in 1999, is the only quarterback in that stretch to start all 16 games in a season for the team, having done so in 2001. The Browns have started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons.

List of Oklahoma Sooners starting quarterbacks

This is a list of the starting quarterbacks for the Oklahoma Sooners football teams since 1950.

Oklahoma Sooners football statistical leaders

The Oklahoma Sooners football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Oklahoma Sooners football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Sooners represent the University of Oklahoma in the NCAA's Big 12 Conference.

Although Oklahoma began competing in intercollegiate football in 1895, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Sooners have played in a bowl game every year since then, giving players since 2002 an additional game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Sooners have played in the Big 12 Championship Game 10 times since 2000.

The Sooners eclipsed 5,000 total offensive yards as a team all but twice (for a total of 16 times) during the tenure of Bob Stoops as head coach from 1999 to 2016, and did so again during the first two seasons of current head coach Lincoln Riley in 2017 and 2018. Oklahoma had only done this eight times before Stoops' arrival. In addition, the 2017 and 2018 seasons marked the 11th and 12th times the Sooners accumulated over 6,000 yards, with the other 10 times occurring during Stoops' tenure as head coach. The team had never accomplished this feat before Stoops took over.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Sporting News College Football Player of the Year

The Sporting News College Football Player of the Year award is given to the player of the year in college football as adjudged by Sporting News.

Trevor Knight

Trevor A. Knight (born October 3, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played college football at Oklahoma and Texas A&M. After leading Oklahoma to an 8–5 record in the 2014 season, he lost the starting job in an open quarterback competition to Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield prior to the 2015 season. On January 4, 2016, it was announced that Knight would transfer to Texas A&M University.

Following his college career, Knight went undrafted in 2017 and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals. He later spent the 2017 season on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad before joining the AAF in 2018.

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