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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
LSU starting defensive end Ali Gaye announced Tuesday morning that he would be opting out of the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 2 to prepare for the NFL Draft.

Coach Brian Kelly had previously said that Gaye was not playing in the bowl game, but this makes it official.
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LSU, thank you for allowing the opportunity to earn my degree here and be able to call myself an LSU graduate. Tiger fans you have been amazing with your support and are the best fans in the world.

With that being said, I have decided to forgo our bowl game and declare for the 2023 NFL draft. I thank every person who has supported me to make this lifelong dream a reality.
With Gaye, BJ Ojulari, and Jaquelin Roy opting out, Mekhi Wingo will be the only starting defensive lineman participating in the Citrus Bowl.

Other Tigers opting out of the bowl game include wide receiver Jaray Jenkins and cornerback Mekhi Garner.

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lsudocts16 months
Saban has 2 top 5 picks playing in a non-playoff game. The master of mindcontrol
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Areddishfish16 months
It's truly underrated. You almost never hear about Alabama players opting out of seasons or bowls.
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deuce98516 months
Got to get rid of all the taint of Orgeron's guys off the roster first. Even if BK did a good job with culture this year that culture isn't fully purged yet.
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lsusteve116 months
Once again, start treating bowl games as preparing for next season. Work the young guys & have fun with it.
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northgate516 months
I guess he doesn’t realize that playing an additional competitive game actually helps him to prepare for the NFL draft. Good luck I guess.
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HarveyTunnel16 months
How many fans are opting out of bowls? I watch them. Do you? The ratings and attendance says fans are opting out too.
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Dallasgrowl16 months
I used to absolutely love "Bowl Week", but I just don't care anymore. The TV may have a game on it on occasion, but I am not focused on any of it. The product sucks as much at the NFL these days.
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cajunmud16 months
I was gonna try to watch more games this year, and I have. There have been some good games on. It sucks that there is hardly anyone in the stands, but folks have to be watching at home or advertisers wouldn't be paying ESPN to show the game.

I'm gonna try to watch all 4 games today, or at least have the game on one TV. Remember how bad you were jonesing last summer...now's the time to get your fill...haha.
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ATLTiger16 months
I thought this was already known. At any rate, best of luck Ali.
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cajunmud16 months
How is not playing a FOOTBALL game not preparing for the National FOOTBALL League draft?
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cajunmud16 months
Did that come out right...haha.
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northgate516 months
One of the blandest to eva do it. Thanks for quitting!
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TigerB816 months
I understand the reasoning for these guys in this situation. They don't want to hurt draft status by playing like shite or getting hurt. However, for college football, it makes the bowls outside of the play off worthless to most fans and to the college football landscape. Maybe this will help convince the experts that we need to trim a few bowls off the schedule.
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GusAU16 months
Two things here:
1. If there were a few less bowl games, do you really think the opt-outs will then choose to play? If so, why?

2. Why do so many people seem to think that more games is bad for college football? How is the college football “landscape” hurt by basically meaningless games to most except the schools participating?
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ImBatman16 months
This is old news.
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PAtiger2116 months
Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane
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JumpingJimFlash15 months
The difference between LSU and Alabama? Young, Anderson and To'o To'o are playing in "meaningless" bowl game while Boutte, Ojulari and Gaye are preparing for draft. How much "preparing" can you do in 3 weeks? And who was last guy injured in bowl game who did not get drafted?
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225Tyga16 months
Bad decision young man.
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cypresstiger16 months
Whatcha gonna do? Oh well
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BobABooey16 months
The title of NFLSU comes at a price. We should be grateful that these guys picked LSU in the first place. Do his teammates care? It em really doesn’t impact me if LSU loses the bowl game by 50 or wins by 50. Isn’t Purdue’s starting QB sitting out? A totally meaningless game but people take any and all LSU defeats personally. Good luck, Ali!
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saturncube2116 months
Good Luck young man
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Spankum16 months
He has not much to gain and everything to lose by playing. I would like to see him play one last game as a Tiger, but I can see the logic of his decision. Thanks for being a Tiger, Ali
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Spankum16 months
He has not much to gain and everything to lose by playing. I would like to see him play one last game as a Tiger, but I can see the logic of his decision. Thanks for being a Tiger, Ali
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