College football’s hottest growing trend could reach a record number this month during bowl season for players announcing they will not play in their teams’ final game in prep for their pro careers.
Before cries of selfishness hit a fever pitch, know these are all calculated decisions and most are made after conversations with their coaching staff. In short, football is a business and these potential early-round selections are protecting their investment.
In recent years, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey made waves by electing to stay in warm-up gear on the sideline during premiere games and the number of players sitting out this bowl season is expected to exceed double digits.
Here’s an updated list of standouts who have already announced their intentions this month: