Aug 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Texas Tech won 41-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Kliff Kingsbury praises play of walk-on Baker Mayfield

True freshman walk-on Baker Mayfield had a remarkable start to his Texas Tech career on Friday, completing 43-of-60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns, as the Red Raiders stomped the SMU Mustangs 41-23. That’s not too shabby for a kid who didn’t even arrive on the Texas Tech campus until midway through July.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, no stranger to putting up huge numbers as a quarterback, praised the young freshman after the game:

He can rip it. He’s got a really strong arm. It can be a little too strong sometimes. He’s got to learn some touch on a couple of those throws, but he keeps attacking. That’s what’s fun about him.


He did some good things early, and I thought he got better and better as the game went on (

It will be interesting to see what Kingsbury does once projected starter Michael Brewer returns from his back injury. It appears, though, the Mayfield has made a strong case that he deserves to remain the starting quarterback.

The Red Raiders will take on Stephen F. Austin next Saturday.


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