Texas Tech lifts Mayfield's restriction

Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell taking snaps at quarterback

Texas Tech has removed its opposition to block quarterback Baker Mayfield’s opportunity at a scholarship this year with Oklahoma, CBSSports.com reported Thursday night.

The Red Raiders remain against Mayfield being able to play this season, though.

The Oklahoman reported Thursday that Texas Tech waited too long to make a decision, and therefore, Mayfield cannot be given a scholarship for this season.

Mayfield passed for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, while earning the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honor. He left Texas Tech and chose to walk-on at Oklahoma.

Per Big 12 rules, Mayfield will lose a year of eligibility because the transfer occurred within the conference.

Mayfield’s family has retained an attorney, Jim Darnell, who represented Johnny Manziel in 2013. He is currently fighting to be given immediate eligibility.

Mayfield would likely be starting quarterback Trevor Knight’s back-up, as he is the only quarterback with experience behind Knight.

Even if Oklahoma is able to give Mayfield a scholarship, he is not eligible to play for Oklahoma this season, as of now.

Because of the current situation and the fact that Cody Thomas has been injured, there has been speculation that tight end Blake Bell has been taking snaps at quarterback.

Freshman Justice Hansen took the second-team reps in during the Sooners’ open practice Thursday while Bell ran with the first team as a tight end.

Bell, who played quarterback for Oklahoma for three years before this season, likely would only be used as an insurance plan with Thomas injured and Mayfield’s status still in question.