The Morning Brew: Sooners' Mayfield continues unlikely journey
Mayfield goes no. 1
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield was the first player off the board in Thursday night's NFL draft, completing a journey that has taken him from walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner.
Baker Mayfield will be wearing orange — and brown and white — next season.
Selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mayfield became the first OU product taken with the top pick since Sam Bradfordwent to the Rams in 2010.
Mayfield joins a small fraternity of former Sooners to go No. 1 overall. Defensive end Lee Roy Selmon and running back Billy Sims were also taken with the first pick in 1976 and 1980, respectively.
Becoming the top selection in the NFL Draft is just the latest chapter in Mayfield’s seemingly improbable collegiate career that began when he walked on at Texas Tech in 2013. Along the way, he walked on at Oklahoma, won the starting job from incumbent Trevor Knight and earned the 2017 Heisman Trophy.
He also set NCAA efficiency records and threw for 12,292 yards and 119 touchdowns while rushing for 893 yards and 18 more scores in Norman. He helped Oklahoma to three consecutive Big 12 titles along with two College Football Playoff berths and a Sugar Bowl win.
Gubernatorial candidates to appear at transparency forum
EDMOND — Eight candidates for Oklahoma governor will debate the First Amendment and government transparency at the Freedom of Information Oklahoma Gubernatorial Debate from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.
The FOI-O annual awards will be presented during a break that evening.
The debate will be in Constitution Hall of the Nigh University Center. Dick Pryor, general manager of KGOU radio, and Alex Cameron, of KWTV, will moderate. Both are members of the FOI-O board.
Confirmed participants are Democrat Drew Edmondson; Republicans Christopher Barnett, Dan Fisher, Gary Jones and Blake "Cowboy" Stephens; and Libertarians Joe Exotic, Rex Lawhorn and Chris Powell. All candidates were invited to attend the debate.
FOI-O, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting public access to government information and meetings, is sponsoring the event in partnership with the UCO's mass communication department.
It is free to the public and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend by: UCentral Media and The Vista at UCO; NewsOK, KFOR-4, KOCO-5 and KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City; the Tulsa World and KOTV-6 in Tulsa; and KSWO-7 in Lawton.