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Penn State DL Arnold Ebiketie To Forgo Outback Bowl, Focus on NFL Draft

First, it was Brandon Smith. Then Ellis Brooks. Then, two days after Christmas, Jaquan Brisker and Jahan Dotson were the next dominos to fall.

Now, three days after Christmas, Arnold Ebiketie has announced that he will not play in the Outback Bowl and will begin to focus on the 2022 NFL Draft.

“I’ve been blessed beyond measure to have a strong family support system and role models in my life that exemplifies what hard work looks like,” Ebiketie wrote. “I credit God and my family for molding me into the man I am today.”

Ebiketie played most of his college football career at Temple University, where he was from 2017-20. He came to Penn State from the transfer portal for the 2021 season and developed into one of the best edge rushers in the Big Ten, picking up 9.5 sacks and leading the Big Ten with 18 tackles for loss.

Ebiketie thanked his coaches, teammates, Penn State’s fans, and Temple University in his written statement.

“I thank every person who has supported and helped me make this dream a reality,” Ebiketie wrote at the end of his statement.

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