Earlier this month, the Big 12 made it clear that opposing players won’t be able to direct the “horns down” gesture toward Texas players this upcoming season.
“Lemme put it this way,” Big 12 Coordinator of Officials Greg Burks said. “If you do a horns down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul.”
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield shared his thoughts on this new policy last week, posting photos of him doing the “horns down” sign on Twitter with a hilarious caption.
“The following content might offend some viewers, the mentally week ones of course….#Boomer #ZebrasProtectingLonghorns,” Mayfield wrote.
But wait, there’s more. Mayfield commented on the new Big 12 rule this week as well, as he told reporters “I’m just happy they’re protecting the Longhorns now,” while at his youth camp on Wednesday.
Baker, from his youth football camp, on the Big 12’s Horns Down penalty policy: “I’m just happy they’re protecting the Longhorns now.” pic.twitter.com/H2jtJWB7fD
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) July 21, 2021
Luckily for Mayfield, he won’t have to worry about this penalty policy in the NFL. If he wants to use the “horns down” sign later this fall, he can do so.
Oklahoma’s current roster, however, will have to be very careful when it faces Texas this season. Lincoln Riley’s squad can’t really afford any costly penalties if they’re in a shootout with the Longhorns.
This year’s Red River Showdown will take place on Oct. 9 at the Cotton Bowl.