After Oklahoma lost to Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Monday, Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield immediately tracked down an opposing player. The Heisman Trophy winner had a message he wanted to deliver.
Mayfield was impressed by the play of Bulldogs freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, and he wanted to let him know what he thought of him.
“Obviously, I would have liked to have been on the other side of things, but I was taking in the last moments with my teammates and also trying to find Jake Fromm,” Mayfield said after the game, according to Spenser Davis of SportsDay. “You know, the true freshman that led his team to a playoff victory. You don’t typically see that. He’s an incredible player. ”
When Mayfield found Fromm, he told the freshman what he wants to see him do next ― beat Alabama for the national championship.
“You can tell he commands his offense and he has respect of his teammates,” Mayfield said, per Davis. “For me, that’s about the greatest character trait you could have. Just told him to go win the whole thing. Got a lot of respect for him and keep working hard.”
Fromm completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns in Georgia’s 54-48 double-overtime Rose Bowl victory and committed no turnovers. Next, he could become just the second true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national title. The other was Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985.
Georgia takes on Alabama on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.