Rashan Gary Will Not Play in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Rashan Gary Will Not Play in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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Rashan Gary Will Not Play in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

It’s official: Rashan Gary has played in his last game as a Michigan Wolverine.

The former consensus No. 1 recruit in the country announced last week that he will forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft. And it turns out that means that his final game was against Ohio State on Nov. 24.

The decision to sit out was just announced by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh on the teleconference for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where No. 7 Michigan will take on No. 10 Florida at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Dec. 29.

“No, Rashan won’t play in the game,” Harbaugh said. He added that Gary is the only player he expects to not play in the the Wolverines final game of the 2018 season.

Given the risk of injury in a final exhibition that has no bearing on the College Football Playoff, it’s understandable that a player of Gary’s caliber — one that projects to be a first-round NFL Draft pick — would sit out. Two years ago, it was a controversial decision to do so for players like Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. However, Michigan tight end Jake Butt chose to play in his final game in a winged helmet, and sustained an ACL tear in the first half of the Capital One Orange Bowl, and saw his draft status plummet from first-to-second round all the way down to the fifth round.

In 2018, Gary played in 9 of Michigan’s 12 games, missing three after an exacerbated shoulder injury sustained in Week Five at Northwestern, after having initially injured it the last week of training camp. He accrued 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2018.

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