Sporting News: Is Baker Mayfield the best quarterback in Oklahoma history?

Sporting News: Is Baker Mayfield the best quarterback in Oklahoma history?

Is Baker Mayfield the greatest quarterback in the history of Oklahoma football?

As the No. 8 Sooners and No. 11 Cowboys — both 7-1 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play — rumble toward Saturday’s Bedlam showdown in Stillwater, there’s a danger of being caught up in the moment. The temptation is strong to want to live in history. So maybe the question is flawed.

Or, maybe, it’s not.

The reality is that Mayfield is doing things his predecessors did not, often because they could not. And at this school, that’s heady stuff.

At Oklahoma — let’s eliminate the wishbone wizards for now and stick to the pro-style passers of the Bob Stoops era — the list includes two Heisman Trophy winners, a No. 1 overall pick, a national champion and a guy who threw for more than 16,000 yards.

To read the rest of John Hoover’s story for Sporting News, click here.


Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

More in Columns

Nick Collison’s Jersey Retirement Shouldn’t Shock You

Brady TranthamMarch 20, 2019

Kevin Durant’s March 20th Return Is Both Classy and a Sign Both Sides Continue to Move Forward

Brady TranthamJanuary 29, 2019

Big 12 Football: Your Weekend Primer

Andrew GilmanSeptember 21, 2018

Dallas Cowboys Fall; Serious Questions with No Answers

Chisholm HollandSeptember 10, 2018

Fantasy Football Rules to Live By: New Players and Champion Alike

Chisholm HollandAugust 14, 2018

The Franchise