One of the nation’s best defensive lineman won’t be on the field this bowl season when his team takes the field for its final game. Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle Gerald Willis announced on Friday afternoon that he’s been advised to skip the bowl game in order to get healthy.
Willis revealed he’s been dealing with a hand injury for the better part of the 2018 season. As a result of the injury, he won’t be on the field when the Hurricanes face Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl later this year.
The senior defensive lineman released a lengthy statement on Twitter announcing his decision to skip the bowl game.
Here’s his announcement.
— Gerald Willis III (@gw3_9) December 14, 2018
Willis hit the national stage with the Florida Gators, though found himself off the team shortly into his college career. With his troubles behind him, Willis put together a dominant 2018 campaign.
He’ll set his sights on the NFL where he projects as a potential second or third-round pick.