Fournette on skipping bowls: Guys have to make own decisions

From FOX Sports - December 7, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette doesnt want to be known as a trendsetter.

Fournette was the first college player to skip a bowl game in 2016 when he announced he wouldnt join LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey did the same a few days later. Both high-profile players opted to forgo the postseason to protect their bodies in advance of the NFL draft.

Now, a year later, those kinds of decisions are becoming more popular.

Florida State standout safety Derwin James announced Tuesday he would not play in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi.

His decision followed several Texas players who chose to skip the Dec. 27 Texas Bowl against Missouri. Cornerback Holton Hill, safety DeShon Elliott, offensive lineman Connor Williams and running back Chris Warren wont play while preparing for the draft.

Everybody makes their own decisions, just like I made mine, Fournette said Thursday. They have a future. They have a family just like I did, so everybodys their own man when it comes to that.


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