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LOS ANGELES — Despite being absent from yet another non-football activity,
While Baker Mayfield practiced with his Oklahoma teammates on Wednesday and Thursday, he has missed team functions both days as he fights what is believed to be a minor illness.
Georgia’s Jake Fromm could join Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway as the only true freshman quarterbacks to lead their teams to the national title.
Who has the advantage in the CFP semifinal at the Rose Bowl, Baker Mayfield and high-scoring Oklahoma or Georgia’s ferocious defense? Coaches offer their scouting reports on the Sooners and Bulldogs.
Oklahoma faces Georgia on New Year’s Day in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.
Mayfield’s teammates were clearly told not to comment Friday on the quarterback’s status, deferring instead to Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who wasn’t scheduled to address reporters until Saturday.
Only All-American tight end Mark Andrews would offer any clarity on Mayfield’s condition. When asked if people should be worried about his availability for the game, Andrews finally said, “Nah, no, Baker will be good to go.”
By Friday, word of Mayfield’s absences had also made their way to Georgia’s players, who collectively said they hoped he would be healthy enough to play.
“Honestly, I want to play against him. I love competition,” said Bulldogs defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter. “He’s a Heisman Trophy winner and I would love to see if my skill set could hold up against that. That would be a great moment for me to measure where I’m at.”
Georgia’s Roquan Smith, who won the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football, echoed the same.
“It’s going to be big playing against the Heisman Trophy winner, a decorated player like that,” Smith said. “I’m sure he’s a competitor. Regardless of what’s wrong with him, he’s going to do his best to play in that game, and I’m sure he’ll be in that game, so we’re definitely looking forward to that.”
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