We’re about a week away from Michigan’s Jan. 1 contest against Alabama in the Citrus Bowl, but no Wolverines player has yet opted to sit out the game.
According to a report by MLive, several players were asked recently whether they had considered sitting out the game in order to ensure they wouldn’t be injured or have a performance that would negatively affect their draft stock.
Each of the players, a list that includes left tackle Jon Runyan Jr. and linebacker Khaleke Hudson, said they were playing.
The latest batch came on Friday, when left tackle Jon Runyan, Jr., linebackers Khaleke Hudson and Josh Uche and tight end Nick Eubanks all said they would play. Runyan and Hudson are both out of eligibility, while Uche announced earlier this month his plan to forego a potential fifth year and enter the NFL draft.
Tight end Nick Eubanks said he believes everyone should play in the game.
“That’s how we’ve been approaching it. I don’t see or hear anything about anyone sitting out, so that’s our goal, to play,” the article quotes him saying.
Michigan isn’t unfamiliar with the concept of star players sitting out postseason games to focus on their post collegiate careers. Last year, defensive lineman Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush opted to sit out the game. Both were first round draft picks.
Former Wolverines tight end Jake Butt decided to play in his final college game, the 2016 Orange Bowl against Florida State. Butt, then projected to be among the top tight ends taken in the draft, saw his stock fall after his injury in the game. He was taken in the fifth round by the Denver Broncos.
We will continue to track Michigan players as they decide whether to play in the Citrus Bowl or sit out.
Michigan moves up, Juwan makes an impact
It has been an exciting few days for the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team.
Those are just two highlights from a terrific start to the season, and to Juwan Howard’s head coaching career. Howard, according to MLive’s Andrew Kahn, has Michigan on the right path and has impressed with a fast start.
- Remember when Trey Burke drilled a three-point shot against Kansas to send the game into OT? How about then No. 15 Michigan’s upset of No. 2 Michigan State in the 2018 Big 10 tournament? Those highlight and more were broken down in Daniel Plocher’s Top 10 moments of the Decade for Michigan basketball.
- Sports Illustrated recently released an All-Decade Team for Michigan football. The name includes a few obvious choices, such as Denard Robinson and Devin Bush, but also some guys you may have forgotten even existed. Remember Jordan Kovacs?