Lincoln Riley coached Baker Mayfield to countless achievements and career heights at Oklahoma.
Sliding, apparently, wasn’t one of them.
That was presented for argument Sunday when Riley tweeted a hilarious video of a young baseball or tee ball player making his way home at his own slow-motion pace, then delicately "sliding" into home plate.
Riley added a little context: “Exactly how I felt in 2015 trying to coach Baker Mayfield to slide…”
A few hours later, Mayfield responded to Riley’s tweet with a pointed reply: “You know it had to be my own idea….”
The hyper-competitive Mayfield always did things his own way. He was, at first, reluctant to give himself up on scrambles and often fought for extra yardage when running with the football — to Riley’s chagrin.
Mayfield eventually figured out when to take chances and when not to before winning the Heisman Trophy in 2017 and becoming the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2018.
But Mayfield’s unwillingness to slide away from contact on some of those early runs are what allowed him to become the first player in major college football history with 14,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards.
Anyway, Mayfield — also an accomplished baseball player at Lake Travis High School — clearly knew HOW to slide as a scrambler. He just didn’t always agree with WHEN to slide.
He has apparently added to his repertoire since joining the Browns, both when scoring touchdowns, and for touchdown celebrations.
Going back to the wishbone days, when Barry Switzer's option quarterbacks never slid and routinely took a pounding, Oklahoma quarterbacks sliding out of danger has long been a conversation piece for Sooner Nation.
Sam Bradford and Landry Jones never quite figured it out. A position was specially created for Blake Bell to NOT slide. Kyler Murray made it into an art form. And Jalen Hurts almost never slid, choosing instead to scramble as if he were playing a game of chicken with opposing defenders.