Bowl game season is nearly upon us, and players have big-time decisions to make because of it. The recent trend in college football is for players entering the next NFL Draft to skip their team’s bowl game, escaping the risk of injury and starting draft preparation early.
The Florida Gators will face the Virginia Cavaliers in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. It isn’t the playoff, but it’s been a solid year for the Gators.
One thing’s for sure – outside linebacker Jon Greenard is going to play. The star defensive player announced on Monday afternoon that he won’t be skipping the Orange Bowl.
Jon Greenard asked about playing in the Orange Bowl: "Oh yeah, I'll be playing."
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) December 16, 2019
The star outside linebacker has been a dominant force for the Gators’ elite defense this season. Greenard’s racked up 52 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks in a stellar year.
Despite his dominant play, the Florida linebacker has fallen a bit under the radar in regards to national recognition. But he’ll have another chance to impress NFL scouts on the national stage in the Orange Bowl.
Greenard spent his first three seasons with the Louisville Cardinals where he suffered multiple injuries. A eventual transfer to Florida offered the linebacker a much needed fresh start. Greenard has certainly taken advantage of the opportunity he’s been given.
Florida-Virginia kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 30.