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College Football Star Skipping His Team's Bowl Game

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The list of players skipping their bowl games this year continues to grow. On Thursday afternoon, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart revealed star corner Deandre Baker won't play in the Bulldogs' game against Texas on New Year's Day.

Baker announced his plans to play in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month, but has been battling an injury ahead of the game. Now it appears he made the decision to secure his health for the future by not participating in the bowl game.

Smart revealed it was Baker's decision to skip the game.

Baker is one of the best corners in college football and is likely a top-15 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. His decision sin't surprising as he looks to keep his body healthy for the NFL - though he said earlier that he plans to play in the game.

Georgia and Texas kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.