No tension seems to exist between Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield — at least on Kingsbury’s end.
The Red Raiders head coach brought up Mayfield during an interview with the Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM in North Texas).
The Ben and Skin Show asked Kingsbury if he keeps up with quarterback evaluations around NFL Draft time.
“You know, last year I was really into it with Patrick [Mahomes] coming out,” Kingsbury said on the show. “A lot of the genius evaluators had him not going in the first round or whatever. And so after that experience, I kind of stopped paying attention to those people through the draft process.
“But this year with Baker, knowing him, working with him a year, [I’m] hoping that he lands in the right spot, in a great situation. So I’ve been paying a little attention to it but not as much as really just focused on our own program.”
Mayfield played for Kingsbury at Texas Tech in 2013. He won the starting job as a walk-on freshman quarterback, and the Big 12 named Mayfield its Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Mayfield transferred after the 2013 season, went to Oklahoma, made two College Football Playoff appearances, won a Heisman Trophy and won three-consecutive Big 12 championships.
He’s now one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 26-28.
No bad blood
Kingsbury was later asked if he regrets letting a player like Mayfield slip away. The Texas Tech coach was fine, however, with the quarterback he ended up with in Lubbock, Texas, for the next few years.
“I don’t, simply because we had Patrick Mahomes, who’s a pretty decent player,” Kingsbury said. “But yeah, you never want to lose a quality player like Baker. It’s just one of those deals that it didn’t work out.
“It worked out, I think, for both parties [in the long run] but yeah, there were no hard feelings from this end and he went on to have a tremendous career and hopefully has a great career in the NFL.”
To listen to the full audio of Kingsbury’s interview, click here.