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Giants quarterback once told Baker Mayfield to be his towel boy

8/9/2018 7:56:08 AM
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Half the fun in Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s NFL debut is that it will come against Davis Webb.

Webb is the quarterback who tried to make Mayfield his towel boy when they were freshman teammates in college, Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository reports. They will take turns quarterbacking the Browns and the New York Giants on Thursday night.

In the summer of 2013, Webb was the hot new scholarship quarterback at Texas Tech. Mayfield was an 18-year-old walk-on.

With incumbent Michael Brewer injured, Webb was being groomed to start as a true freshman. Mayfield recalled his first practice day alongside Webb in a documentary that premiered on Fox recently.

“It was a Wednesday,” Mayfield said. “I got out there and it started to sprinkle, and Davis yells at me to go grab him some towels because his footballs were going to get rained on, and he wouldn’t be able to grip them.

“And I kind of looked at him like, ‘Are you kidding?’

“And he said, ‘Go get me some towels.’ I looked at him and said, ‘I don’t know who you’re talking to, but you’re not asking me to go get towels.’

“And then the strength coach walked out and he goes, ‘You gonna let that walk-on talk to you like that?’

“I looked at both of them, and that’s when I realized, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to take his job.’ ”

In essence, Mayfield snapped a towel at Webb and left a mark. He beat out Webb for the starting job and, though losing time to injury, became Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

Mayfield was 4 inches shorter than the more highly recruited Webb, who had some big moments while Mayfield was hurt. Would Webb get preferential treatment? And why wasn’t Tech putting Mayfield on scholarship?

Mayfield’s answer was to transfer to Oklahoma.

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