The dancing skills of OU quarterback Baker Mayfield have been well documented.
But a new video from SoonerSports.tv’s imaginative multimedia crew shows how he — and former OU offensive lineman Nila Kasitati — can be graceful as well.
Part of the site’s Operation Switch series, the under-two-minute short pays an amusing homage to an OU’s women’s gymnastics team that just won the 2016 national title.
Unfortunately, SoonerSports.tv seems to have a broken “embed” functionality for its videos, so you’ll just have to click this link to watch it.
Shaping Heisman chatter for Baker Mayfield
Entering his senior campaign, Mayfield is already hearing Heisman hype, with the odds-making site Bovada already offering 10-1 odds in January on the Sooner signal caller striking next year’s podium pose.
Since Mayfield contended for the trophy last year in coordinator Lincoln Riley’s vaunted offensive system, expectations for the spry quarterback’s second season will be sky-high, even if people never see him prance through a floor routine.
And that’s what makes the OU athletic department’s promo video perfect.
One role of any collegiate team’s sports information department is to promote athletes creatively and consistently for national awards and recognition. But Mayfield is already on every radar in the United States’ enormous sports media landscape.
As a result, shaping and controlling the hype narrative on Mayfield will be one of the OU SID’s main points of focus this upcoming season.
The video released Wednesday featuring Mayfield and Kasitati flouncing as serious gymnasts is arguably a home run. Errr… a perfect 10.
Or maybe a 9.5, since it can’t be embedded on sites like ours who are writing about it.
Still, in Mayfield, OU has an affable, thoughtful leader who will be on early watch-lists for college football’s top award.
And in women’s gymnastics, they have one of the nation’s top programs that has won two national championships in the last three years.
As a result, melding the two hottest OU athletic tickets into one giggle-inducing video deserves a thumbs up.