Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was noticeably absent from the Sooners’ trip to Disneyland on Wednesday, which marked the official beginning of Rose Bowl week.
Players from Oklahoma and Georgia took part in the festivities, which included a virtual-reality roller coaster and media availability. Mayfield missed the experience, though, with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley citing an illness.
But the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner looked well at practice on Thursday and appeared to be a full participant.
Details on Baker Mayfield's under-the-weather/sickness deal were a little foggy yesterday. But he's practicing today, per intrepid Tulsa World photographer Ian Maule.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 28, 2017
Mayfield even got some 1-on-1 time with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi:
— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) December 28, 2017
DieHards.com’s John Shinn reports that Mayfield looked like he was under the weather but threw the ball well during the portion of practice open to the media:
Mayfield threw the ball fine during the portion open to the media, but he does look like he’s getting over the flu. #BoomerSooner
— John Shinn (@john_shinn) December 28, 2017
Stopping Mayfield and the Sooners’ offense will be priority No. 1 for Georgia in the Rose Bowl. Mayfield enters the playoff with 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and 5 interceptions while completing 71 percent of his passes.
“Yeah, he’s really elite,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart told reporters this week. “He goes up in that category beyond Johnny Manziel when it comes to creativity with the ball. He can make all the throws from all the angles. It’s not just scrambling. It’s the fact that when you get to him sometimes you can’t get him down. He’s strong.”
Kickoff from Pasadena, Calif., is slated for 5 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.