Two Purdue Stars Won’t Play In Music City Bowl

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    Purdue stars David Bell and George Karlaftis won’t play in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee, Boilermakers’ coach Jeff Brohm announced Monday.

    Both players had previously declared for the 2022 NFL Draft, but left it open ended whether they will play in the bowl game.

    Bell is a dominant receiver who caught 93 passes for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot-2 receiver recorded 200-plus yards in upset wins over Iowa and Michigan State.

    Bell projects as a late first round pick.

    Karlaftis  — a third team All-American —  totaled 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles this season. The defensive end is one of the highest rated players in the upcoming NFL Draft, projecting as a fringe top five draft pick.

    The loss of its two best players is a major blow to Purdue entering the Music City Bowl. The Boilermakers opened as 2.5-point favorites, but the line has dramatically swung with the Vols now 4.5-point favorites.

    The Vols and Boilermakers will kick-off at 3 p.m. ET from Nissan Field on Dec. 30. ESPN will broadcast the game.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.