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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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LSU82Cajun26 months
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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CanebreakCajun26 months
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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jmaclsu26 months
time for nfl eligible players to get a bowl game bonu$ for playing. Like the Senior Bowl.
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StadiumDormRat'7226 months
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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swamplynx26 months
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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BleedgurpleTX26 months
What better way to prepare than playing against other talent?
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eddieray26 months
Thanks for coming back this year. Definitely had an impact.
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Vernonbrew2226 months
He paid his dues and was a great Tiger. good luck
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porge710626 months
Thanks Neil!!! Do you bubba!!! Thanks for being a great TIGER!!!
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Nature Boy26 months
I ‘preciate. That lsu education is priceless!
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Rebel26 months
respeck his decision.
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TKLSUMD26 months
Is he also opting out for the Senior Bowl?
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ztro426 months
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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conman26 months
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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PeleofAnalytics26 months
"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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FLObserver26 months
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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ewilliams00026 months
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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iwishyouwould26 months
This started off as only the high draft choices opting out. I see anybody is opting out nowadays ???????
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Nikodaemus26 months
Players are getting smarter
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luciouslou26 months
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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Champagne26 months
Money.
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LongOnLSU1726 months
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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NPComb26 months
No chest
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Quatre Pot26 months
Can we retire the term “opting out” He quit
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TigahJay26 months
Bowl game is meaningless…we will be starting a walk on QB
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CDawson26 months
"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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Nikodaemus26 months
@CDawson Because playing a full season improves your chances of going to the NFL
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MasonTiger26 months
Let him go. I want to see the kids play who are hungry to start next season.
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GeauxldMember26 months
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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northgate526 months
Thanks for quitting!
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