Book entered the game in the second quarter after Brandon Wimbush struggled moving the offense.
While UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen are all projected to be selected ahead of Mayfield, quarterback tutor Rich Bartel believes Mayfield should be the first QB off the board.
A lot of people screw up the evaluation process by taking a negative and making it a non-negotiable, Bartel told Yahoo!. We need to get over the height thing. What we used to think is the prototype is no longer the prototype. He’s proven himself. It’s about cognitive processing, and he clearly can do that.
The sophomore was 14 of 19 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Book’s first touchdown came early in the fourth quarter. With Notre Dame trailing 14-6, he found Michael Young in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard score. Josh Adams then scored on a two-point conversion to tie it.
It was an awesome opportunity, such a surreal moment that last play with Miles, Book said. We knew it was going to be a close game. We just had to stay composed and do what we have been doing since January.
The move to go all-out, despite a win or loss having no impact on Jacksonville’s playoff position, has a domino effect on teams vying for the AFC ‘s two wild cards, particularly the Chargers and Bills, both of whom need the Titans to lose in order to get into the playoffs. Also, Baltimore is in with a Tennessee loss, but the Ravens control their own destiny and can secure a wild card by holding serve at home against Cincinnati.
The Titans make the tournament by beating Jacksonville, a task made significantly taller by the Jags’ all-in approach.
Marrone’s decision also affects the betting line for Sunday’s game in Tennessee, yet bookmakers don’t seem to be completely believing what the coach told reporters Tuesday. At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Titans are 3.5-point favorites as of Wednesday morning, adjusted from an opening spread of -6, per VegasInsider.com. Still, if the Jags needed a win, Tennessee may be priced as the underdog, even at home.