Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield is hoping to lead Oklahoma back to the College Football Playoff in his senior season, and while the Sooners’ chances took a hit in last weekend’s upset loss to Iowa State, their path to a Big 12 title and a shot at the final four is still well within reach, with rivalry games against Texas and Oklahoma State coming in the month ahead. Before the Iowa State game, I sat down with the Sooners’ star quarterback to talk about his career, leadership, the rivalries he seems to relish and more.
Bruce Feldman: Do you think [Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley] had a pretty unique understanding of what drives you early on? It wasn’t like he chose you or you chose him. You guys were both kind of here by circumstance. He seemed like he let you embrace playing with that edge, probably more than a lot of coaches. Would you agree with that?
Baker Mayfield: I would. And I think that is what makes him so special. He coaches to his players’ best traits and he lets them do their best by doing that. I think that is why [we connected] so quickly because I think he relates to