EL PASO, Texas – Stanford University Athletics released the announcement that Christian McCaffrey will not play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The junior running back announced Monday that he will direct his focus and efforts toward training for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Sun Bowl Association, on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl has released a statement.
“Well we would be lying if we said we weren’t a little disappointed, but at the same time, we are also understanding,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas.
“He (McCaffrey) was hurt earlier this year so I am sure that weighed on his decision. He has a tremendous NFL career ahead of him and that might be sitting in the back of his head. Risking injury or re-injuring might be some things he is thinking about so it really is hard to be too disappointed. Although some might see this as a trend, I believe that playing in a bowl game would be a great way to wrap up a college career. We’ve had our fair share of players who have played in our game and I hope we continue to see more,” Olivas stated.
If any members of the media would like to get an interview with Executive Director Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Committee Chairman John Folmer or Media Relations Director Eddie Morelos on this topic, please be at the El Paso International Airport at 2 p.m. (MT).
The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon with North Carolina taking on nationally ranked Stanford.