West Virginia QB Will Grier grew to become the newest faculty soccer star to skip out on his staff’s bowl recreation with a purpose to give attention to the NFL Draft.
In 2016, operating backs Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette triggered a stir after they made the identical resolution. Since then, it is a pattern that has been rising amongst faculty soccer gamers and it is reached new heights in 2018. To date, the checklist of gamers to make that call has reached double digits.
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Faculty 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 gamers make this resolution, the response to them continues to develop as nicely. Whereas many followers perceive why gamers would skip out on a considerably meaningless bowl recreation in favor of their future, others aren’t as glad concerning the pattern.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who will likely be with out Hill and Williams within the Liberty Bowl in opposition to Missouri, mentioned he is not a fan of gamers lacking out on bowl video games.
“It is grow to be very talked-about now,” Gundy mentioned, via The Oklahoman. “I hate to see that occur, however as I’ve mentioned earlier than, we stay in a society as we speak the place issues are significantly totally different than they ever have been earlier than, and (if) younger folks really feel that there is a higher alternative for them elsewhere, 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 grow to be so standard that bowls aren’t essential anymore, as a result of I feel that is an awesome reward for a staff.”
Grier’s coach, nonetheless, had no points together with his quarterback’s selection.
“Will and I spoke at size concerning the bowl recreation, and I’m totally supportive of his resolution to start making ready for the NFL draft,” Dana Holgorsen mentioned in an announcement. “Whereas we’ll miss him in Orlando, Will’s dedication and repair to WVU Soccer during the last three years will likely be talked about for a few years to come back. He led us with class, exhausting work and a willingness to be taught, and set a excessive normal for his teammates.”
A part of why gamers determine to not play within the recreation 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 in consequence their draft inventory took a success, probably costing them thousands and thousands.
However these gamers each told Sports Illustrated they’d make the identical selection.
“I do know it sounds a bit of bit loopy,” Butt mentioned, “however I might make the identical precise selection once more. That was one of many largest video games I used to be going to play in in Michigan my profession.”
There is not any proper reply in relation to this resolution. Some gamers really feel the necessity to stick with their staff, others assume it is one other alternative to placed on recreation movie for scouts, some assume it is not definitely worth the damage threat and others simply could not view the sport as essential sufficient to attend. It doesn’t matter what, although, followers, coaches and fellow gamers ought to be capable of respect no matter resolution these guys make.