Karan Higdon skipping Peach Bowl to focus on NFL


Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon has played his last game as a Wolverine after announcing Thursday, via Instagram, that he won’t play in the Peach Bowl.

Higdon finished his senior season with 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns on 224 carries in 11 games. He was named first-team All-Big Ten at running back, alongside Wisconsin’s Johnathan Taylor.

In his career at U-M, Higdon played two seasons as a starter, claiming 27 touchdowns and 2,616 rushing yards. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry in his four seasons at Michigan.

“I’ve come in as a young man with little knowledge, and leave as a Michigan Man full of advice and wise words to share,” Higdon said in a letter posted on Instagram. “Returning for my senior year was one of the best decisions of my life, but now it’s time to complete the mission! Go blue!”

The senior back’s decision to sit out marks the third U-M starter to sit out the Peach Bowl. Junior defensive end Rashan Gary quickly announced his plans following the Ohio State game — and now started his own sports agency. Another junior, linebacker Devin Bush, announced Wednesday that he isn’t cleared to play in the bowl game, and declared for the NFL Draft.

Michigan plays No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl, Dec. 29. Higdon will participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26.

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