West Virginia QB Will Grier grew to become the newest school soccer star to skip out on his crew’s bowl sport in an effort to deal with the NFL Draft.
In 2016, working backs Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette induced a stir once they made the identical determination. Since then, it is a pattern that has been rising amongst school soccer gamers and it is reached new heights in 2018. Up to now, the listing of gamers to make that call has reached double digits.
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School gamers skipping 2018-19 bowl video games
- West Virginia QB Will Grier
- Houston DL Ed Oliver
- Iowa TE Noah Fant
- Minnesota OT Donnell Greene
- North Carolina State WR Kelvin Harmon
- Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry
- South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel
- Michigan DL Rashan Gary
- LSU CB Grasping Williams
- North Carolina State LB Germaine Pratt
- Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill
- Oklahoma State OL Larry Williams
- West Virginia OL Yodny Cajuste
As increasingly more gamers make this determination, the response to them continues to develop as properly. Whereas many followers perceive why gamers would skip out on a considerably meaningless bowl sport in favor of their future, others aren’t as joyful in regards to the pattern.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who can be with out Hill and Williams within the Liberty Bowl towards Missouri, mentioned he is not a fan of gamers lacking out on bowl video games.
“It is turn into very fashionable now,” Gundy mentioned, by way of The Oklahoman. “I hate to see that occur, however as I’ve mentioned earlier than, we reside in a society at this time the place issues are significantly completely different than they ever have been earlier than, and (if) younger individuals really feel that there is a higher alternative for them someplace else, then they’re gonna make that call to maneuver on, and so we do the identical.
“The one factor that I’m involved about is the longevity of the bowls and the truth that I might hate for it to turn into so common that bowls aren’t essential anymore, as a result of I believe that is an ideal reward for a crew.”
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Grier’s coach, nevertheless, had no points together with his quarterback’s selection.
“Will and I spoke at size in regards to the bowl sport, and I’m absolutely supportive of his determination to start making ready for the NFL draft,” Dana Holgorsen mentioned in an announcement. “Whereas we are going to miss him in Orlando, Will’s dedication and repair to WVU Soccer during the last three years can be talked about for a few years to return. He led us with class, laborious work and a willingness to study, and set a excessive normal for his teammates.”
A part of why gamers determine to not play within the sport is as a result of they noticed what occurred to Jaylon Smith and Jake Butt. Each gamers suffered severe accidents enjoying in bowl video games and because of this their draft inventory took a success, probably costing them thousands and thousands.
However these gamers each instructed Sports activities Illustrated they’d make the identical selection.
“I do know it sounds just a little bit loopy,” Butt mentioned, “however I might make the identical precise selection once more. That was one of many greatest video games I used to be going to play in in Michigan my profession.”
There isn’t any proper reply on the subject of this determination. Some gamers really feel the necessity to stick with their crew, others assume it is one other alternative to placed on sport movie for scouts, some assume it isn’t definitely worth the harm danger and others simply might not view the sport as essential sufficient to attend. It doesn’t matter what, although, followers, coaches and fellow gamers ought to be capable to respect no matter determination these guys make.