Oklahoma football’s bye week came in Week 5, and quarterback Baker Mayfield spent the weekend more than 1,500 miles west of Norman.
According to the Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor, Mayfield traveled to Southern California with freshman tight end Grant Calcaterra to visit his teammate’s home in Rancho Santa Margarita, California – a city in Orange County that sits approximately 52 miles south of Los Angeles.
With a free weekend in the O.C., the pair of Sooners teammates wasted no time venturing around sunny Southern California. Mayfield and Calcaterra “made a point” of exploring the coastline and attended a preseason Anaheim Ducks hockey game, according to Pryor.
Mayfield was additionally seen visiting Calcaterra’s high school – Santa Margarita Catholic High School – according to a post from Mayfield’s Instagram account.
For what it’s worth, Calcaterra’s high school has a history of producing star athletes. Former Heisman Trophy winner and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson both attended Santa Margarita, among others.
While one might not expect Mayfield, a redshirt senior, to travel all the way out to California with a freshman teammate, the players connected during Calcaterra’s early enrollment and have remained close since, according to Pryor.
“His family, they try to get to every game,” Mayfield said, according to Pryor. “I talked to them and they said, ‘You should come out to California for the bye week.”
The Sooners are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation – which would put them in the Rose Bowl Game as part of the College Football Playoff if the season ended today. Knock on wood for Sooners fans, the bye week won’t be Mayfield’s last trip to Southern California this football season.
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