NORMAN — Maybe Baker Mayfield was just getting in on the fun.
As many of his teammates and those within the athletic department plugged him for the Heisman Trophy award this week, Oklahoma’s quarterback gave a little something back.
Sophomore receiver Marquise Brown had been too impressive not to receive some love, after tallying a school-record 265 receiving yards at Oklahoma State, all propelled by his notorious speed.
Spectators saw Brown at his fastest when Mayfield hit him in perfect stride on 84- and 77-yard touchdowns.
“Quite frankly, he’s faster than anybody in college football,” Mayfield said, “and it doesn't matter how big he is. I don't think anybody's going to care about his size when he's running past you. If you don't get a hold of him or put your hands on him, he's gone.”
How fast is the 5-foot-11, 162-pound Brown, according to Mayfield?
Faster than former OU receiver Dede Westbrook, the current Jacksonville Jaguar who emerged with a school-record 17 touchdowns last season and became a Heisman finalist and OU’s first Biletnikoff Award winner.
“Well, he’s not a lot faster. I mean, Dede’s pretty fast,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said. “Marquise is a little faster. Dede’s a little bit bigger, a little taller. But the way they play, the way they attack the ball and are able to keep speed up while still catching the ball, some of the things they do route-wise are very similar.”
Brown was added to the Biletnikoff watch list as a result of his game last week. He has come a long way since not even getting in the Sept. 9 Ohio State game.
As for the title of college football’s fastest man? He must win that title on OU’s team, first.
Receiver Jeff Badet, backup quarterback Kyler Murray and freshman cornerback Tre Brown are considered OU’s top speedsters, along with Brown.
“They scared. I’ve been calling them out to race. They scared,” Brown joked back in September. “My opinion, me, (Badet, Murray and Brown), we are the fastest and we’re going to race probably at the end of the year.”
It seems media will not be credentialed for that event.
“We’ll let you know who the winner is,” Brown said smirking.
• Speaking up: Riley said recently he isn’t fond of coaches having to campaign for their teams to rise in the College Football Playoff rankings.
But with questions surrounding how the CFP committee feels about OU’s No. 87 ranking in total defense, Riley spoke up as a guest Wednesday on ESPN’s Mike and Mike when asked about outside perception of Big 12 defenses.
“I think people need to begin to look at the other side of it,” Riley said. “The offenses in this league are that good. You’re going to face really good offenses each and every week. And you don’t do that in other conferences.”
He continued with an SEC comparison.
“For years and years, it’s been about how dominant the SEC is on defense,” Riley said. “There are really good defenses in the SEC, but I also think the offenses have been a little bit behind, in my opinion.”
• Bedenbaugh lands on list: OU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh was named one of 56 nominees for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant.
OU’s offensive line has been regarded as one of the nation’s top units. From the Big 12, Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, Kansas State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and TCU defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow also made the list.
• Badet’s sorry: OSU’s Boone Pickens Stadium walls crowd the sidelines, bringing spirit squads and football players in close contact sometimes.
Badet collided with an Oklahoma State cheerleader when the OU receiver scored on a 5-yard pop pass during last week’s Bedlam game.
The cheerleader, Kennedy Wingbermuehle, posted a photo to Twitter of herself on crutches during the game, giving Badet some light-hearted grief.
Badet apologized and said he heard about it constantly Monday.
“My phone’s been blowing up for the past like six hours about that whole situation,” Badet said. “That was the first time that happened to me.”