Despite growing up in Austin, Texas, the heart of Longhorn country, Mayfield always appeared, or perhaps more realistically, he envisioned himself destined to be the starting quarterback at Oklahoma. He’s said he would do whatever he could to get on that team, fulfilling a childhood dream.
"I had the plan to come here because I wanted to win a national championship and whether it’s driving the defense on scout team or doing whatever, just trying to make this place better," Mayfield said in a 2014 article in the Oklahoman.
Mayfield’s father James attended Houston, but was childhood friends with Rex Norris and Charlie Sadler and was converted into a Sooner fan after both ended up coaching at OU.
James passed on the fanhood to his son, who no doubt had some contentious arguments about the Red River Showdown through the years.