The drama is starting to build around Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, who skipped Friday’s press conference at the L.A. Hotel downtown amid reports that he’s under the weather.
Mayfield was scheduled to be among five offensive players at Friday’s presser, but his absence was obviously noticeable.
Apparently Mayfied is battling cold and flu-like symptoms and it’s noticeable in his voice, according to those at afternoon practice sessions at the StubHub Center in Carson, where the Sooners are preparing for Monday’s Rose Bowl Game against Georgia and is part of the College Football Playoff semifinal.
Mayfield skipped a Disneyland visit on Wednesday and was not with team at Lowry’s Beef Bowl on Thursday. But he has continued to practice since arriving in Los Angeles, so the hope is that he’ll be fine come New Years Day.
Oklahoma offensive coordinator Cale Gundy wouldn’t comment on Mayfied’s condition or how he has looked at practice, saying that is a question for head coach Lincoln Riley, who was not scheduled to speak with reporters Friday morning.
“Obviously you saw him out there (Wednesday and Thursday’s practices), so we’ll just leave it at that,” said Gundy.
Mayfield is among the players scheduled to speak during Media Day on Saturday, but there is no word whether he will be available.
Sooners offensive tackle Orlando Brown didn’t comment on Mayfield’s condition, but spoke about how not having him at scheduled events was strange.
“Not having him (for team events) has been a little weird,” Brown said. “Not having him here at this press conference is a little weird. He’s kind of our heartbeat, and it’s been a little weird with him not being around as much.”
Offensive lineman Erick Wren was one of the few that did comment on how Mayfield has looked at practice this week.
“He’s the same guy every day,” Wren said. “He’s very passionate, energized and always ready to