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Baker Mayfield brings ‘Pretenders’ sign to Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. – Despite being sidelined earlier this week due to an illness, it seems like one Sooner star is getting motivated for the Rose Bowl.

Earlier this week, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield had to sit out from several team events in California due to an illness.

“There was something going around. A couple of other guys on the team have had it. It’s flu-like. I wouldn’t say it’s the flu, but it’s pretty much like that,” Mayfield said.

Although he may not be fully recovered by Monday’s kickoff, it seems that the passionate player is getting motivated for the big game.

On Sunday, Mayfield was spotted leaving the Rose Bowl after team pictures carrying a sign that read, “Pretenders.”

The sign is a reference to ┬áLee Corso’s remarks on ESPN’s College GameDay earlier this season.

“They called us pretenders at the beginning of the year, and we just ran with it. That’s for us not to forget where we come from or what people said about us and all that extra stuff. [Baker Mayfield] take that everywhere he goes,” said Emmanuel Beal.