It has become an annual ritual in the college football world for star players to announce that they will not be playing in their team’s bowl games before the NFL Draft.
This year will be no different. Players will announce that with the end of the regular season and only one bowl game left, they will turn their attention to the 2022 NFL Draft in the hopes of staying healthy and moving on. time to focus on preparing for the draft.
Even with NIL agreements in place at the college level now, several players will be making the decision not to risk their professional footballing careers in one final hurray with their college.
Which players made the decision? Sporting News will follow the biggest names to announce that they will not be playing boules.
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College football players jumping bowl games
- Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
So far, only one player has announced that he will skip his team’s bowl game.
Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, seen as a potential No.1 pick, announced on Instagram Monday that he would forgo the Ducks’ trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 against the No.16 from Oklahoma, and would instead start preparing for the NFL Draft.
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The star defensive end ended his season with seven sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, 49 total tackles and two forced fumbles. Thibodeaux is a finalist for the Bednarik Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy.
His decision to forgo his team’s bowl game comes the same day Oregon coach Mario Cristobal announced he would be leaving the Ducks to take on the head coach job in Miami.