LOS ANGELES (AP) An illness has slowed down Baker Mayfield for a past few days, and Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has missed a handful of open events heading adult to a Rose Bowl.
Georgia’s invulnerability is holding no comfort in Mayfield’s condition.
”Oh, I’m certain he’ll be in that game,” pronounced Roquan Smith, Georgia’s star linebacker. ”It’s going to be large personification opposite him. I’m a large college football fan, and he’s a winner. I’ve been conference about him for a prolonged time.”
The Bulldogs comprehend their inhabitant pretension hopes count on reckoning out how to enclose one of a many energetic players in their sport’s new history. With weeks of trained investigate and some use assistance from a scout-team quarterback dubbed Mayfield’s Mini-Me by his teammates, Georgia thinks it has got a shot.
Georgia has listened and seen all that a rest of a nation knows about Mayfield, who won a Heisman in a landslide opinion progressing this month to tip a unusual comparison season.
And even if he’s underneath a continue this week, a Bulldogs design him to be on tip of his diversion Monday.
”I can remember when Michael Jordan had a influenza once,” Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. ”They were carrying to lift him off a building during timeouts, and he had one of his best games. we design Baker Mayfield to be during his best.”
Big 12 champion Oklahoma (12-1) will pierce a potent, versatile offense into Pasadena when a Sooners face SEC champion Georgia (12-1) in a College Football Playoff semifinal. But that offense is driven by Mayfield, a swashbuckling passer with using ability and a virtuosic knack for avoiding difficulty – well, during slightest on a margin and between a whistles.
”He can chuck a round in locations on a run that we don’t see too many guys do,” Smith said.
Mayfield’s athleticism and football smarts are a challenging brew for any defense, though Georgia has an underlying certainty about a ability to delayed down any descent playmaker after plowing by a unchanging deteriorate by permitting some-more than 20 points only twice in 13 games.
The Bulldogs are still personification all correct honour to Mayfield during their week in Southern California.
”Their quarterback, he’s only a special guy, and he creates a lot of things happen,” Tucker said. ”He reminds me of Brett Favre, since he creates all a throws, he’s mobile and he can improvise on a run. He will run to run we over, and he will also slide, so we have to be prepared for all of that.”
Tucker doesn’t explain to have a tip regulation or a shining diversion devise for shutting down Mayfield, who upheld for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. Instead, a Bulldogs have spent a past month drilling their simple defensive concepts tailored to a mobile quarterback with an impressively accurate arm.
”We always evangelise a concurrent pass rush,” Tucker said. ”You have to know when we can rush, and also where your teammates are. We also make certain a players downfield also know they have to cover for as prolonged as it takes. You can’t change too most of what we do in a conditions like this. We’ve played other good quarterbacks this season, and we’re going to have to be during a best opposite Oklahoma.”
Another pivotal to Georgia’s ability to stop Mayfield could be Stetson Bennett, a Bulldogs’ director group quarterback.
Bennett is 6 feet tall, only like Mayfield, and he is doing a conspicuous Mayfield impersonation. The fleet-footed beginner walk-on is a Bulldogs’ fourth-string quarterback, though in practice, Bennett is ”a beast,” according to Tucker.
”If there was a Baker Mayfield Mini-Me, that’s Stetson,” Georgia reserve J.R. Reed said. ”He could play during any propagandize in a country, though he’s out here perplexing to make us improved in practice. That’s what we adore about him.”
Bennett’s speed and elusiveness have been showcased by a Georgia coaching staff. The Bulldogs’ director group can yield impressively accurate renditions of Mayfield’s tip tendencies, such as his sharp ability to pierce brazen by a collapsing slot before creation a chuck right during a line of scrimmage.
”He can outpace a lot of people,” Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter said. ”He’s done Roquan demeanour silly. He’s done me demeanour silly. He’s done a lot of people demeanour silly.”
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