Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon announced on social media Thursday morning that he will skip the Peach Bowl to focus on his preparations for the 2019 NFL Draft. Higdon took to his Instagram page to deliver the announcement.
“These past four years have been nothing less than an unforgettable journey,” Higdon’s statement read. “I’ve come in as a young man with little knowledge and I now leave as a Michigan Man, full of advice and wise words to share. I’ve battled many trials and tribulations while accomplishing many milestones and leaving my footprints at the University of Michigan. After an evaluation with my parents and the UM staff, we have deemed that it is in my best interest to not play in the Peach Bowl and utilize this time to get prepared to pursue my dreams in the NFL.”
Higdon joins Rashan Gary and Devin Bush, who announced his intentions to declare for the draft on Wednesday, as players that will not be participating in the Peach Bowl against Florida.
Missing one game with an injury this season, Higdon finished the 2018 season with over 1,100 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns during the season. He also finished the season as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards.
The Higdon family has always been raised on strong family values, as Karan Higdon Sr. told The Michigan Insider just how he has raised his children.
“I raise them to be a firm believer in themselves,” Higdon Sr. told The Michigan Insider. “I raised them to stay humble, they’re never cocky. Some people may take that comment as him being cocky or arrogant. I don’t see it like that. I see it as making a statement, we’re serious. It’s football. Any given day, anybody can lose. Basically, what he was saying, we’re ready, man. Bring on anybody. Anybody that you throw our way, we’re coming to play our game. If you listen to a lot of his interviews, he let it be known then. We take every game seriously. From Indiana, to Western Michigan, to SMU. All those games were serious. It wasn’t just because it was Ohio State, and I understand the rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan. I understand that rivalry. At the end of the day, they are the teams you need to beat to get to the ultimate goal which is to get to the national championship.
“Trust me, if I felt like he was being cocky or something like that, I would’ve said something. Karan is a very humble guy. Like I said, he just believes in himself and this team, he knows what they’ve got. I know what they’ve got. So many people, I think, have got so much animosity towards the University of Michigan or towards Harbaugh to where a lot of people just don’t believe. That’s fine, too. Just like he tells me all the time, he likes that. He wants people to not believe. They know how to demand that respect and I think they’re doing a hell of a job.”