TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Derwin James from the state of Florida will not play the Seminole bowl game, saying he is leaving school and will enter the NFL draft.
The safety redshirt sophomore made his announcement through Instagram on Tuesday. He said he will not play in the December 27 Independence Bowl game against Southern Mississippi.
James said last week that he planned to play in the bowl, but that was before coach Jimbo Fisher resigned to take the Texas A & M job training. James was also limited to two games in 2016 due to a knee injury, which could also have influenced his decision.
He is not the first player to announce that he will not participate in a bowling game this season. . Texas cornerback Holton Hill, safety DeShon Elliott and left tackle Connor Williams have opted to skip Texas Bowl Texas Longhorns on Dec. 27 against Missouri to enter the draft.
Everyone is following the lead of runners Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) and Leonard Fournette (LSU), who did not play last year and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
"I am extremely grateful that every person I spoke with supported my decision to begin my training immediately, I know how much this program means to me and they saw firsthand how much it killed me to be away from the field when I injured my knee on the last year, "James wrote in a publication in The Players & # 39; Tribune. "It's hard to really believe that I'll never wear that garnet and gold uniform again, but everyone I've contacted agrees that this is the best decision for me and my family."
James was the only FSU player to win a selection of the entire team, all ACC. He had 84 tackles, which was second at Florida State, two interceptions (which included a Pick Six) and one sack after missing most of 2016 due to a knee injury.
He is expected to be among the first defensive backs taken in the next April draft and is probably among the 15 best players selected in general. James is also trying to become the third DB of the State of Florida since 2013 to be selected in the first round. Xavier Rhodes was 25th overall to Minnesota in 2013 and Jalen Ramsey was Jacksonville's fifth overall pick in 2016.
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