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Texas Tech working to get Baker Mayfield on scholarship

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08:47 AM ET 08.31 | Texas Tech's Baker Mayfield is believed to be the first true freshman walk-on to start a season-opener for a BCS school. Mayfield had more all-purpose yards than Johnny Manziel against the same opponent -- SMU -- in the same venue a year ago. Mayfield fell one touchdown shy of Manziel's performance against SMU with five -- four passing and one 10-yard scramble. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Mayfield is no ordinary walk-on. "He earned (a scholarship) a while back. I just had to keep it under wraps. He had practiced like a senior for the last week and I expected him to play really well. I couldn't be more impressed with the way he's handled the operation, handled his teammates and I'm just happy he got to play as well as I thought he could." Kingsbury added Mayfield is still a walk-on, but the team is working the numbers to put him on scholarship as soon as possible.

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August 31, 2013  09:12 AM ET

413 yards and 4 TD's passing. Another TD on a nice 11 yard run. He missed on a couple of downfield throws early --- threw into tight coverage over the middle and was almost picked --- but he just kept running that offense and you could see things open up for him as the game progressed. When he started hitting the downfield stuff that he missed earlier in the game the defense had to respect it and loosened up.

I was impressed that a true freshman who walked on duing the 2nd summer session could run that hurry-up offense with minimal help from the sideline. He and his receivers were on the same page with their pre and post snap reads.

August 31, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Hopefully a phenom without the Johnny Hancock off-field baggage.

August 31, 2013  09:14 AM ET

I guess I don't understand the difference. The school can give him any aid money they want to , they can call him a Presidential Scholar." Do they not decide who and how much any scholarship is worth?

August 31, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Scuttlebutt here in the oil patch is that his parents could afford to pay his way and wanted him to play for Kingsbury. Turned down several offers at some pretty decent schools...not biggies, but pretty decent none the less.

He ran a very similar offense at Lake Travis I believe.

August 31, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Guido, I bet my wife the SLC/Allen game had more attendance than the Tech/SMU game. Did you go...and did I win the bet?

August 31, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hopefully a phenom without the Johnny Hancock off-field baggage.

One of the things I like most about college football ... new players that come out of nowhere and surprise us. It happens every year.

August 31, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

One of the things I like most about college football ... new players that come out of nowhere and surprise us. It happens every year.

I'll be looking to see if Buckeye freshman Dontre Wilson (De Soto HS, TX) is the real deal this season. He wowed a lot of people in camp. UFM has him returning kicks today vs Buffalo. May also play some H-Back. He's #1 on tOSU offense.

August 31, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'll be looking to see if Buckeye freshman Dontre Wilson (De Soto HS, TX) is the real deal this season. He wowed a lot of people in camp. UFM has him returning kicks today vs Buffalo. May also play some H-Back. He's #1 on tOSU offense.

Dude was a stud in HS. Got offers from TX, Oregon, tOSU, others. Isn't he a little small for H-Back? Did you mean to say "H" receiver (slot)?

August 31, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Dude was a stud in HS. Got offers from TX, Oregon, tOSU, others. Isn't he a little small for H-Back? Did you mean to say "H" receiver (slot)?

Generically called H-Back (this term dating back to my days coaching it in the early 90s), as he does line up as one of the four backs in the backfield. You are correct, however, that his main role is a receiver in the slot position, with most routes inside of 20 yards and creating a mismatch in speed with the LB's.

August 31, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Generically called H-Back (this term dating back to my days coaching it in the early 90s), as he does line up as one of the four backs in the backfield. You are correct, however, that his main role is a receiver in the slot position, with most routes inside of 20 yards and creating a mismatch in speed with the LB's.

I interpreted "H Back" as the hybrid back who plays as a 2nd tight end/fullback and blocks edge rushers or is a passing threat in the flat or short seam

August 31, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I interpreted "H Back" as the hybrid back who plays as a 2nd tight end/fullback and blocks edge rushers or is a passing threat in the flat or short seam

Also correct, though in UFM's offensive package I don't think the H-Back would be utilized much as a blocker. Hopefully that answers your question in #8.

August 31, 2013  10:49 AM ET

This kid is going to get a full ride and it sounds like he deserves it, but this should serve as a reminder to those who just automatically ASSUME all college players are living the easy life and getting everything paid for.. that many are not.

August 31, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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Also correct, though in UFM's offensive package I don't think the H-Back would be utilized much as a blocker. Hopefully that answers your question in #8.

UTx has moved underachieving running backs to the H back position with mixed results. IMO you have to recruit for the position if it's integral to your offense. However I think offenses have evolved since the Washington Redskins made the H Back position so popular.

August 31, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I interpreted "H Back" as the hybrid back who plays as a 2nd tight end/fullback and blocks edge rushers or is a passing threat in the flat or short seam

This H-Back labeling is also just for convenience in drawing up plays. Quick review: X= split/wide receiver (on LOS), H= (Back in the slot), Y= TE (on LOS), Z= FLK (off LOS, and uncovering the TE). R/T/B= Running Back (more commonly lined up on weak/blind side in empty set off LOS as the extra blocker/delayed route).

August 31, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This kid is going to get a full ride and it sounds like he deserves it, but this should serve as a reminder to those who just automatically ASSUME all college players are living the easy life and getting everything paid for.. that many are not.

Yes exactly and thanks for getting us back on topic.

Kingsbury said the kid made up his mind he was going to compete for the position and just worked harder.

August 31, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

UTx has moved underachieving running backs to the H back position with mixed results. IMO you have to recruit for the position if it's integral to your offense. However I think offenses have evolved since the Washington Redskins made the H Back position so popular.

For UFM's so-called "Percy Harvin" position, it's absolutely critical to have a quick RB with great hands and route-running skills to fill his H-Back definition. I agree that the position and its utilization has evolved over the years. Again, the labeling is merely generic, and a convenient shorthand for constructing plays.

August 31, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yes exactly and thanks for getting us back on topic.Kingsbury said the kid made up his mind he was going to compete for the position and just worked harder.

Apologies if I got too pedantic, good Dr.

Have a great Opening Saturday!

August 31, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

For UFM's so-called "Percy Harvin" position, it's absolutely critical to have a quick RB with great hands and route-running skills to fill his H-Back definition. I agree that the position and its utilization has evolved over the years. Again, the labeling is merely generic, and a convenient shorthand for constructing plays.

DaJae Johnson is our most lethal threat in this role. Watch for him. I'll be watching for Wilson.

August 31, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Apologies if I got too pedantic, good Dr. Have a great Opening Saturday!

No problem. It's nice to have real football discussions.

Much nicer than the back-and-forth-b|tch-talk, arguing about who does or doesn't play big boy football, mythical conference strengths, or fictional disagreements such as "should a 3 loss SEC team be chosen over a 1 loss team from any other conference in an 8 team playoff"?

 
August 31, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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... "should a 3 loss SEC team be chosen over a 1 loss team from any other conference in an 8 team playoff"?

LOL this actually WAS being argued on ESPN radio yesterday!

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