Geno Smith will be following in the steps of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III from last season, and will be skipping the Senior Bowl. Smith made the announcement on Twitter that he will not be accepting his invitation to play in the college football All-Star game.
Thanks to the Senior Bowl for the invite, but for the record I will not be participating. Once again thanks to the Senior Bowl committee.
— Eugene Geno Smith (@GenoSmith_12) January 8, 2013
Many are already questioning Smith’s decision to skip the Bowl, as while Luck and Griffin III skipped the Senior Bowl last year, it was a foregone conclusion that they’d go 1-2 in that April’s NFL Draft. That same certainty isn’t existent with Smith and his decision to skip the Senior Bowl may end up coming back to bite him with his draft status.
It’s pretty rare to see a top quarterback to play in the bowl game, but Smith has some work to do before he can be considered elite enough to pick his own battles. After a pretty awful performance against Syracuse to finish his senior season, Smith didn’t leave the impression he may have wanted to with NFL scouts, and by skipping the Senior Bowl he’ll have his work cut out for him when it comes to the combine.