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List of key players opting out of bowl games in 2023 college football postseason

We take a look at which players will begin preparing for the draft ahead of bowl season.

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The 2023 college football regular season has wrapped up, and the transfer portal has already seen plenty of action in its first few open days. The rosters of your favorite teams may look somewhat unfamiliar as they head to their bowl games, with plenty of plauer turnover due to transfers opting out of their current teams’ postseasons.

We have a transfer portal tracker available, but here, we’ll take a look at which key players are opting out of their teams’ bowl games as they begin preparing for the NFL Draft. While several projected top picks are members of teams that reached the College Football Playoff, other prospects will choose not to take the risk of playing an extra (and somewhat meaningless) game as they look toward their professional futures.

Here are all of the players who have announced their choice to sit out of their team’s bowl game ahead of declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Bowl game opt-outs for 2024 NFL Draft

  • Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
  • Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
  • Cole Bishop, S, Utah
  • Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M
  • Audric Estime, RB, Notre Dame
  • Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
  • Theo Johnson, TE, Penn State
  • Jawhar Jordan, RB, Louisville
  • Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami
  • MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC
  • Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
  • Max Melton, CB, Rutgers
  • Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois
  • Chop Robinson, DE, Penn State
  • Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State
  • Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami
  • Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson
  • Sione Vaki, S, Utah
  • Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
  • James Williams, S, Miami
  • Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State
  • Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU