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Defensive Back Marco Wilson to skip bowl game and declare for NFL draft


Redshirt junior defensive back Marco Wilson is one of many players who has decided to opt-out of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl classic on Wednesday against No. 6 Oklahoma. Multiple sources have confirmed that Wilson will forgo his eligibility to play next season to enter the NFL draft.

Wilson joins a list of other Gators’ who also chose to opt-out of the bowl game. Those names include Kyle Pitts, Trevon Grimes, Kadarius Toney, and Jacob Copeland. While Pitts, Grimes, and Toney sit out for the draft, Copeland’s decision is Covid-19 related.

Wilson finishes his final season at UF with four pass deflections and 24 tackles. He had a season-high of six tackles and a fumble recovery against Texas A&M earlier this year.

Wilson went viral earlier this month after getting flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during the LSU game for throwing a Tigers’ cleat downfield after a third down stop late in the game. Since then, Wilson has been known as the “cleat thrower” and has received countless threats and uncalled names throughout social media. The LSU Tigers ended up scoring and beating the Gators’ shortly after the bonehead penalty from Wilson.

Due to Covid-19 and this crazy 2020 year, players are granted an extra year of eligibility and are allowed to opt-in to play next season. Although Wilson may have an extra year to play college football, I believe not just the NFL draft has an impact on his decision, but the reaction of Gator nation and how pissed off fans really are with him.

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