Brandon Smith will skip Music City Bowl to pursue NFL career
Joins fellow senior receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette as bowl opt outs
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Assuming the Music City Bowl will be played on Wednesday, the Iowa football team will be without two starting senior receivers.
Brandon Smith announced on Twitter on Sunday that he is opting out of playing the Music City Bowl in order to start preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
His decision came just three days after fellow Hawkeye receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette announced that he would skip the Music City Bowl in order to start preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
— Brandon Smith (@_BSmith12) December 27, 2020
Brandon Smith, a native of Lake Cormorant, Miss., ranked third on the team during the regular season with 21 catches for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
He was a three-year starter for Iowa and finished his career with 91 catches for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns.
Iowa returned to practice on Saturday after a five-day pause due to COVID-19 health concerns.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz also has returned to practice after having tested positive for COVID-19 and isolating at home.
And while Wednesday’s game in Nashville, Tenn., still is on as of now, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday that it’s highly, highly unlikely that Missouri will play in the Music City Bowl after having an uptick in COVID cases.