NCAA: Matthew Bergeron is focused on the NFL draft and will not play in the Pinstripe Bowl

Quebec tackle Matthew Bergeron has declared himself eligible for the next NFL Draft in 2023.

He’s the fourth Syracuse player to do so this season, and the Orange captain will forgo participating in the university’s first NCAA Division 1 Bowl since 2018 to focus on the process and minimize the risk. of injuries. The Pinstripe Bowl will pit Syracuse against the Minnesota Gophers on December 29 at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s been an honor to be a student-athlete at Syracuse University. The relationships I have built and the experiences I have had are invaluable. I’ve made lifelong friendships and I’m so grateful for that,” he wrote in a social media post on Tuesday.

“I am humbled by the opportunity that is presented to me and I would never have made it without the unconditional support and love of my family.

“It’s always been my dream to play in the NFL and I know that with my time here, I’m well prepared for this new challenge. »

Bergeron, however, accepted the invitation to the Senior Bowl, which features the best graduating college players on Feb. 4. He is only the second Quebecer to take part, after Benjamin St-Juste, who was eventually selected by the Washington Commanders.

Some see him being drafted among the first three rounds of the auction which will take place from April 27 to 29. He will first try to convince recruiters during the famous Combinedwhich is the NFL evaluation camp in Indianapolis, followed by the Pro Day.

Originally from Victoriaville, he wore the colors of the Filons du Cégep de Thetford Mines.

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