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Baylor Running Back Shock Linwood Skipping Bowl Game To Prepare For Draft

Baylor running back Shock Linwood has decided to skip the Cactus Bowl.

Some have called it a "disturbing trend." College players who are eligible for the 2017 Draft are skipping their team's bowl games in order to stay healthy and give themselves more time to prepare for the NFL Combine.

Last week, Leonard Fournette announced he would skip LSU's bowl game, and this week, Christian McCaffrey announced he would forego Stanford's bowl game. Both star running backs decided not to play in their last games to avoid injury and get ready for the Combine.

Shock Linwood is the third player to announce he would not play in his team's bowl game in order to prepare for the NFL.

Linwood finished second in rushing for the Bears this season. The senior finishes his college career with more than 4,000 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns.

Baylor faces Boise State in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27. The game kicks off at 10:15 p.m. E.T. and will be broadcast on ESPN.