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NC State’s Chubb to travel to Sun Bowl, playing status unknown …

— N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren wouldn’t say Wednesday if senior defensive end Bradley Chubb will take the field for the Wolfpack next week in the Sun Bowl vs Arizona State.

Doeren said Chubb will travel with the team to El Paso, Tx. and that he wants the focus ahead of the bowl game to be on the senior class.

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While he wouldn’t say if Chubb would play or not, Doeren did say that Chubb and several other seniors haven’t been practicing much in preparation for the game.

Chubb, a consensus All-America selection and ACC Defensive Player of the Year, finished the season with an ACC-best 10 sacks and 26 tackles for loss, which was second nationally.

In recent projections by ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, Chubb is a Top-10 prospect who will be selected early during the first round of the April 26 draft.

Chubb’s not the first high-profile player to face a decision about whether or not to play in a bowl game.

Just last year, in the Sun Bowl no less, Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey (then a star for Stanford) decided to sit out and avoid the risk of injury against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The decision worked out for McCaffrey and Stanford backup Bryce Love, who ran for 115 yards and caught a 49-yard touchdown pass to push the Cardinal past the Tar Heels, 25-23. The game was a springboard of sorts for Love, the Wake Forest HS alum who finished this season as the Heisman runner-up after running for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette also chose to sit out Louisiana State’s Citrus Bowl appearance last season.

McCaffrey was selected 8th overall by the Panthers, while Fournette went three picks higher to Jacksonville.

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