OU's Baker Mayfield: 'I messed up,' regrets letting down 'all the fans'

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said getting arrested last month in Arkansas was an "instant regret" and that he realizes he "let down" many people.

On Tuesday, Mayfield spoke publicly for the first time about the Feb. 25 incident, after which he was charged with misdemeanor complaints of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest.

"It's a special honor to play quarterback here -- I messed up," he said after the Sooners' first spring practice. "I can't have any slipups. Because not only do I have my teammates looking up to me, I have my coaches counting on me, I have Sooner Nation, all the fans looking up to me, all the little kids -- I was once that little kid. That was the biggest thing that was eating me up."

Mayfield, who will be a senior, has finished in the top five in the Heisman Trophy voting the past two seasons. He also broke the Football Bowl Subdivision season passing-efficiency record last year, while leading the Sooners to a second consecutive Big 12 title.

On March 11, Fayetteville police released dashcam video of the arrest, which showed Mayfield being tackled into a wall by police.

"I put myself in a bad position," Mayfield said. "Some things, I can't do what a normal college kid does. But that's what I signed up for. I signed up to play football here. It's a dream come true. Why would I put that in jeopardy?"

Monday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he was "very disappointed" that his quarterback put himself in that situation.

Stoops added that a full determination on Mayfield's status wouldn't be made until the case is resolved. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Mayfield has a court date scheduled for April 7.

"There are situations you shouldn't be in," Mayfield sad. "Coach Stoops talks about it all the time. That's exactly what I didn't do."

Mayfield said he's hoping that at least his arrest can serve as "a teaching point and life lesson" for his younger teammates.

"You can make mistakes, but it's how you react from it and how you take action after it -- that's how you ultimately conquer it," he said. "I gotta own up to it. Move forward.

"I can only get back on track and do the right things."