One of Texas A&M’s key defensive players – DL Justin Madubuike – is electing to skip the Aggies’ upcoming bowl game in lieu of preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft. Jimbo Fisher’s squad already faces a tough task against Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl. But losing Madubuike a game early is a huge loss.
The Aggies’ defensive lineman posted a heartfelt message on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. He’s clearly grateful for the Texas A&M staff and fans.
Here’s a bit of what Madubuike had to say in his announcement:
“Thank you all to the staff at Texas A&M for ensuring my success on and off the field,” Madubuike said, via his Twitter announcement. “I will miss the feeling of running on to Kyle Field to over 100,000 of the best fans in the world, but I know Aggie nation is behind me strong. … I have decided to forego my senior season and I will be declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. I will not be playing in the bowl game this year.”
You can view Madubuike’s full announcement in the post below.
“Leave a mark they can’t erase, neither space nor time”- HOV❤️ pic.twitter.com/vsTlG9cZM1
— Justin Madubuike (@MadubuikeJustin) December 12, 2019
It’s certainly a bummer the Aggies’ defensive lineman won’t be playing in the Texas Bowl. But his decision falls in line with the recent trend in college football.
Players who play for teams in non-College Football Playoff bowl games have no reason to suit up and risk injury. While many dislike the recent trend, it’s absolutely the right move for any player who decides to protect himself.
Texas A&M-Oklahoma State kicks off at 6:45 p.m. ET on Dec. 27.