LSU star Ja’Marr Chase will skip 2020, enter draft

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One of the best players in college football has decided he won’t play again until he’s a professional.

LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who is viewed as a potential Top 5 pick, will not play college football anymore and will focus on getting ready for the 2021 NFL draft, according to CBS Sports.

According to the report, Chase isn’t concerned about COVID-19 as much as he simply thinks it’s time to put all his attention toward preparing for and playing in the NFL.

As a true sophomore last season, Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns and was widely regarded as the best receiver in college football. He would have been a high first-round pick this year if not for the NFL rule requiring players to be three years out of high school before they can enter the draft.

Although LSU is still planning to go forward with its season, and so are LSU’s SEC opponents, top players are increasingly concluding that it doesn’t make sense for them to risk injuries when they’re not getting paid. It won’t be at all surprising if other top SEC players join Chase in deciding to sit out 2020.

16 responses to “LSU star Ja’Marr Chase will skip 2020, enter draft

  1. csszrr says:
    August 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm
    And so it begins.

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    More like it continues.

    Nice to see soon-to-be multi millionaires making the right decisions.

    Now don’t turn into Odell Beckham.

  2. Players aren’t stupid. Pay them!

    Coaches
    1. Dabo Swinney Clemson $9,315,600
    2. Nick Saban Alabama $8,857,000
    3. Jim Harbaugh Michigan $7,504,000
    4. Jimbo Fisher Texas A&M $7,500,000
    5. Kirby Smart Georgia $6,871,600

  3. He can’t raise his stock any higher by playing this year. Myles Brennan is a wild card at QB. and stepping into some big shoes. And, why risk injury?

    He played himself into this situation and should take advantage of it. Just show up to your pro day and Combine in great shape!!!!

  4. The rookie salary cap for 2021 is expected to be set for 2021 (approx. $175m) and he’s expected to be in the top end of the draft (the combine stats will adjust likely placement), so why not make the smart business decision? Now get an NFL caliber trainer and get primed for the combine. LSU isn’t paying bonus money for a championship, right?

  5. “But what about his education? A degree is priceless!”
    “Man, he just quit on his team. Have some pride!”
    “He’s getting room, board and a free education while most college students starve and graduate with tons of debt!”
    “Not a real Tiger at heart”

    – All the lame complaints you’re gonna hear from LSU fans and those propping up the free minor league system

  6. No one has a clue how 2020 College football will turn out this year. He’s already won a National Championship, so why play with an unknown at QB and take a chance on getting covid19 or hurt.

  7. The issue with paying players is you have to pay all players. Schools will massively reduce the number of sports programs and scholarships. It will work great for players in a few big programs in football and basketball and be terrible for most others as the scholarships and programs will disappear.

  8. Smart move by any too players at this point. I still don’t think a season will happen at all. At least not finish. Too many schools already have far too many positive tests and it will only get worse.

  9. “The issue with paying players is you have to pay all players. Schools will massively reduce the number of sports programs and scholarships. It will work great for players in a few big programs in football and basketball and be terrible for most others as the scholarships and programs will disappear.”
    Years ago I was on the a faculty senate athletics subcommittee of a major university. I specifically asked the lawyers, “Do you mean that if the university were to pay a star quarterback on the national championship team $1 million to remain in school instead of leaving school early, then they have to pay the coxswain on the women’s rowing team $1 million?” The answer was yes. Title IX.

  10. To see some of these comments is a breatg of fresh air. It wasn’t always this way on PFT but I’m happy that most on here see what an absolute scam the NCAA system is. Every player should look out for their well being and decide whether it makes sense for them to return, turn pro, or sit out.

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