Derek Barnett, Tennessee's star defensive end, says he never really thought about skipping the Vols' Music City Bowl game against Nebraska on Friday.
LSU's Leonard Fournette and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are among the players that are sitting out their teams' bowl games this season. Don't expect Barnett to add his name to that group. When asked by SEC Country about the growing trend, he was pretty adamant about playing in Friday's game in Nashville.
“I’m from Tennessee. I play at Tennessee, It would be disrespectful not to play. That thought didn’t cross my mind too much. I don’t see why I wouldn’t (play).
“A lot of people can’t play football and wish they could, so I’m taking full advantage of it.”
As a Nashville native, this game definitely has some added meaning for Barnett, who has been a prolific pass rusher for the Vols during his collegiate career. The junior has a career high 12 sacks this season, and 32 during his Tennessee career.