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LSU senior defensive lineman Neil Farrell Jr. announced that he will be opting out of the Texas Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft.

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I wish LSU would go the route of A&M and forgo bowl game. Their issues are with numbers and Covid. Actually all bowls need to shut it down with NIL, transfers and opt-outs so prevalent. It is no longer the same because universities have become Minor Leagues for the Pros.
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I won't say a bad word about him. He played this year as a graduate, has bad knees and stuck it out when other who shall not be named we "injured". We will be fine against KSU. Gives young guys who will be there next year a chance to get snaps in against a quality team.
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time for nfl eligible players to get a bowl game bonu$ for playing. Like the Senior Bowl.
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That's a great idea! Should be seniors in a bowl game get a cash payout- wouldn't take a significant chunk of bowl revenue to set enough aside for this
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The way this team has played this year, I don't think anyone should be opting out of the bowl game.
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What better way to prepare than playing against other talent?
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Thanks for coming back this year. Definitely had an impact.
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He paid his dues and was a great Tiger. good luck
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Thanks Neil!!! Do you bubba!!! Thanks for being a great TIGER!!!
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I ‘preciate. That lsu education is priceless!
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respeck his decision.
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Is he also opting out for the Senior Bowl?
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Can't blame him. Gotta make a decision on what is best for him and his family. Going to be playing at next level and can't risk that for a meaningless bowl game.
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He’s an LSU kid so I support his decision. What many of these players forget to realize is that roughly 2% of them will make it to the NFL. Every year we see these kids opt and skip thinking that long NFL career awaits them. Most of the time it doesn’t. Get your education. It cost you nothing.
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"Every year we see these kids opt and skip thinking that long NFL career awaits them. Most of the time it doesn’t." Are you implying that most kids that opt out don't go to the NFL...? Because I am pretty sure every kid that has opted out of a bowl has at least made it to the NFL and a majority get drafted.
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Say what you want about farrell but opting out of a meaningless bowl doesnt bother me. The kid stayed when a lot of other guys quit on the team during the season. He is a d-lineman and is getting ready to play in the senior bowl where there will be tons of NFL scouts. Had he not made the senior bowl then maybe more of an issue but i understand this decision compared to the Ricks of the world and a few of the other former tigers.
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Opting out and finally getting in on the 5th round would still be a dream come true. Contracts are negotiated and big money awaits those with patience. Play 8 years and never have to work again. Neil made the right decision.
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This started off as only the high draft choices opting out. I see anybody is opting out nowadays ???????
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Players are getting smarter
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We are getting to the point where evey bowl outside of the playoff is meaningless. Players are opting out all over the country. Why even have those bowl games?
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Money.
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It’s a unique situation…LSU is a among a few schools that if you can play here you have a great chance to become a true NFL prospect so we see these decisions for career more often then other schools. Most programs done have a single future Nfler on the roster and they know it and play for the love of the game. Different situations when you talk central Michigan, Nevada, Illinois vs LSU, Bama, Florida etc. business decisions unfortunately have to be made. Selfishly I want to see them play… but to each is his own.
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No chest
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Can we retire the term “opting out” He quit
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Bowl game is meaningless…we will be starting a walk on QB
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"Bowl game is meaningless", so is every other game at LSU and most P5's the minute you get two losses. Why not quit then instead of now?
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@CDawson Because playing a full season improves your chances of going to the NFL
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Let him go. I want to see the kids play who are hungry to start next season.
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It’s certainly his prerogative and this bowl game is arguably meaningless, but the bigger issue with this kind of thing is leaving your teammates in a lurch and what that ultimately says about one’s character. But there certainly doesn’t seem to be a premium put on character in the NFL…
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Thanks for quitting!
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