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Oklahoma QB Mayfield avoids suspension

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June 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be suspended for any games during the upcoming season despite his recent drunk-driving arrest.

The university announced the sanctions for the Heisman Trophy finalist on Thursday and he will be required to complete 35 hours of community service and participate in an alcohol-education course before the fall semester. The community service will include work with law enforcement.

Mayfield was arrested in Fayetteville, Ark., and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He tried to flee the scene and was tackled by a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty in April.

“As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team,” Mayfield said in a statement released by Oklahoma. “I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position.”

New Sooners coach Lincoln Riley feels the lesson was learned.

“Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program,” Riley said in a statement. “He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward.”

Riley recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach.

Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last season after passing for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award and Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson was second.

Oklahoma opens the season on Sept. 2 against Texas-El Paso.

 

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