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Karan Higdon Describes Jim Harbaugh's Reaction To Players Skipping Bowl Game

Karan Higdon and the Michigan football offense.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Karan Higdon #22 of the Michigan Wolverines is lauded by teammates after a touchdown against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first quarter at Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Michigan football reached the Peach Bowl this year, but was not at full strength against the Florida Gators in Atlanta.

Running back Karan Higdon was among the key players who skipped the game, ahead of preparation for the NFL Draft.

Other Michigan stars who did the same included Devin Bush, Jr., Rashan Gary, and Juwann Bushell-Beatty.

The Gators took full advantage and delivered first year head coach Dan Mullen a big 41-15 Peach bowl win.

Ahead of the Senior Bowl, Higdon has discussed his decision a bit more.

Skipping non-playoff bowl games has become extremely common among potential top NFL Draft picks, but players still have to answer to the decision.

Karan Higdon says that Jim Harbaugh wasn't thrilled with his decision to skip the Peach Bowl, but he thinks his coach understood.


“That’s not his favorite decision,” Higdon said. “He has a job as a head coach to win and wants all of these guys to help him win. He wasn’t happy about it, but he respected it.

“At the end of the day, he can’t grab us and force us to get out on the field. But I think he has enough respect for us as players and the contributions we’ve had to the team, he’ll respect it.”

Higdon finished the year with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games.

Obviously we'll never know if Michigan would've won the game with Higdon, Gary, and the rest, but the Wolverines probably would've been a good deal more competitive.