Jonathan Greenard discusses decision to play in Florida's Orange Bowl matchup vs. Virginia
For one last time, Jonathan Greenard is set to suit up for Florida and take the field.
Despite dealing with a midseason ankle injury and rather than playing it safe by sitting out to prepare for the NFL draft, Greenard is going to play in the Gators’ Orange Bowl matchup against Virginia. It was a decision that Greenard recently discussed at a press conference ahead of the game.
“A lot of factors play into it, mainly just health issues, making sure that my body is 100 percent before the game and I can give my all for my teammates at the highest level,” Greenard told the media. “If I’m not going to do that, then I feel like I’m not going to be a help to the team, I’d just be hurting us when we’ve got a guy that could be healthy.”
There’s been a trend for many players who are entering the NFL draft to sit out their team’s bowl game — assuming it’s not the College Football Playoff — to prevent any injuries that could affect their stock.
But Greenard is opting to play in Florida’s New Year’s Six matchup against Virginia, one of the top non-CFP bowls in the country.
Greenard has 25 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception this season. The senior finished the regular season strong, posting his only two multi-sack games of the year in Florida’s last two games against Missouri and Florida State.
Florida and Virginia are set to kick off in the Orange Bowl next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.