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Big man on campus: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was trailed by an ESPN camera crew on Monday for an upcoming SportsCenter story.

ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards will feature Mayfield as an “SC Campus Hero” on Tuesday night. It will take a look at a day in the life of the junior quarterback.

During a Monday news conference, Mayfield said his on-field success hasn’t caught him off guard.

“The work I put in and the time I had to sit out, I mean, I feel like my mental part of the game, I’ve been working on that for a long time and I’m able to put it into action now,” Mayfield said. “I’ve obviously gotta get better each week but that’s not surprising right now.”

Mayfield was named the Big 12’s co-offensive player of the week on Monday. He had 572 yards of total offense (including 487 passing yards) and accounted for six touchdowns in the Sooners’ 52-38 victory over Tulsa on Saturday.

This is the second time that Mayfield has earned the league honor. He also won the weekly award after his first collegiate game at Texas Tech in 2013.

Thomas returns to practice: Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas, who was suspended from the Tulsa game, was scheduled to be back with the team on Monday.

“Jordan Thomas is expected to practice today and expected to be available to play in the next game,” Stoops said.

Thomas’ absence from the TU contest hurt the secondary. OU gave up 427 passing yards without the disciplined player, who coaches said took the majority of practice repetitions before being punished for an unspecified team matter on Friday.

The Sooners will practice Monday through Thursday this week before taking the weekend off. OU coach Bob Stoops said the focus will be on development.

“Correct some mistakes from the last couple weeks on both sides of the ball that we feel like we could be better,” Stoops said. “We’re going to really take our time to do that here in the next couple days.

And then later in the week get some extra work on West Virginia.”

Oh what a beautiful morning…: The Big 12 Conference announced that the Oct. 3 game between Oklahoma and West Virginia will begin at 11 a.m. It is the second early morning kickoff for the Sooners in four weeks.

Stoops said he isn’t a fan of multiple early game starts.

“I do have a problem with it. I’m sure our administration does and fans do,” Stoops said. “We’ll express that to the league. Hopefully, everyone can have a fair amount of early and late kicks and mix it up a little better.”

Getting well: The off week will allow some players to heal, Stoops said. Offensive linemen Ty Darlington and Nila Kasitati are expected to be at practice this week.

Wide receiver Jordan Smallwood, who suffered an ACL tear last March, is expected to be back the week of the Texas game, Stoops said.

— Eric Bailey, World Sports Writer

​Eric Bailey 918-581-8391


Sports Writer

Eric covers the University of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball teams. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, he has been a member of the Tulsa World sports staff for 12 years. Phone: 918-581-8391