Bowl opt outs have become the norm in college football in recent years, and Louisville’s Holiday Bowl opponent is certainly a shining example of that.
When USC faces U of L on Dec. 27, the Trojans will do so without the services of their leading passer (Caleb Williams), leading rusher (MarShawn Lloyd) and leading receiver (Brenden Rice).
While he can’t say for certain what the weeks ahead hold, Jeff Brohm isn’t anticipating a similar trend from his team.
“I don’t think, as of right, no one has opted out for the game,” Brohm said during his media availability on Friday. “I know Jawhar Jordan and Ben Perry got nicked up in the last game, and will be game-time decisions for the bowl game, even with this type of rest. Austin Collins had an appendectomy, and we’re trying to get him back for the game if he’s possible. Some things like that, but as far as opting out, everyone I think is ready to play, and they want to play, and are looking forward to playing this game.
“I think this game, in my opinion, is an important game just to show what you can do, and to go out there and play a really good football game. A lot of these guys will play in a Senior Bowl or an East-West Shrine Bowl, so there’s more football to be played. I think they understand, to get another really good game on film where they play well, can be beneficial. I believe scouts and teams look at that.
“Without question, you’re going to have a few top draft picks that may opt out for obvious reasons. But there’s others that want to improve their stuff, and you definitely can in a bowl game against good competition when you’re the only game on TV. I think that easily can happen with a lot of guys on our team.”
You can watch Brohm’s full Friday presser here: