Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected by many to make a run for the Heisman Trophy this season. Even without Mayfield, the Sooners would still likely be a force to be reckoned with.
247Sports’ Barton Simmons ranked the top 44 “QB rooms” in college football on Monday, and the Sooners came at No. 3 on the list – only trailing Alabama and Ohio State.
In the rankings, Simmons said “no injury is going to make Oklahoma less dynamic at the position of quarterback” between Mayfield and expected backup quarterback Kyler Murray, the latter who transferred from Texas A&M after the 2015 season. Simmons also drew on third-string quarterback Austin Kendall’s “impressive moments in relief” in 2016.
Murray, who was recruited by Texas A&M as a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation per 247Sports composite rankings, played in eight games as a freshman for the Aggies in 2015 before announcing his intent to transfer from College Station. Murray did not play in 2016 due to NCAA transfer policies.
Kendall, who was recruited by Oklahoma as a 4-star prospect and the No. 7 player in North Carolina per 247Sports composite rankings, has only appeared in two games at the collegiate level – both last season in relief for the Sooners. He did, however, throw 16 completions and 2 touchdown passes across those two games. Kendall has been noticed in training camp as well, as OU Daily reported on Monday that Kendall and Murray are battling for this year’s backup spot.
Oklahoma State finished at No. 6 on the list, while West Virginia and Texas were the only other Big 12 schools to make the top 25 – listed at No. 16 and No. 22, respectively.