Another top Florida player reportedly skipping Cotton Bowl to prepare for 2021 NFL Draft
The list of Florida players who will skip the Cotton Bowl and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft is quickly growing. Tight end Kyle Pitts, safety Shawn Davis and wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney are all out, and now, another key Gators player is joining them.
According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, Florida redshirt junior cornerback Marco Wilson is expected to opt out of the Cotton Bowl matchup against Oklahoma and begin his preparations for the upcoming draft. He’s been a starter throughout his four-year career with the Gators, although he missed most of the 2018 season due to injury.
This season, Wilson has played in nine games and made eight starts, collecting 33 tackles, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery. Over his career, Wilson has 103 tackles, 17 pass deflections and three interceptions (all of which came in 2019) over 36 games for the Gators.
Florida’s defense is going to have a tough task in the Cotton Bowl, as Oklahoma’s offense has averaged 475.8 total yards per game this season, which is the most in the Big 12. With the Gators missing Wilson and Davis in their secondary, it could be more challenging for them to limit the Sooners’ high-powered passing attack.
Florida and Oklahoma are set to kick off on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.