Will Levis Officially Opts Out Of Kentucky’s Pointless Bowl Game, Turns Focus To NFL Draft

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Will Levis is officially turning all of his attention to the 2023 NFL Draft. The Kentucky quarterback announced on Wednesday that he’s not only forgoing his final season of college eligibility but is opting out of playing in the Wildcats’ upcoming Music City Bowl game against Iowa.

“To my teammates, UK staff members, Wildcat community, and BBN, I cannot thank you enough,” Levis wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I’ll forever be indebted to all those who I had the pleasure to cross paths with here, and my immense love for you will remain strong in my heart, forever.”

Levis made his intentions to enter the NFL Draft clear on November 30 during a conversation on Twitter Spaces, but at the time had not decided whether or not he’d suit up for the Music City Bowl.


Kentucky quarterback Will Levis sees Josh Allen as his NFL comparison. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Will Levis won 17 games as Kentucky’s starting QB in his two seasons in Lexington. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Will Levis Skipping Kentucky’s Bowl Game Makes All The Sense

The Penn State transfer forgoing his final season in Lexington is no surprise. Every NFL Draft insider has Levis as a Top 3 quarterback in the 2023 class and a sure-thing first-round pick.

Levis skipping out on Kentucky’s bowl game may upset some Wildcat fans out there, but it’s a no-brainer business decision.

Levis battled injuries throughout the regular season. The 23-year-old playing in a pointless bowl game risking potential injury just months away from having his name called very early in the NFL Draft wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Levis’ NFL Draft evaluation wouldn’t change if he went out and earned Kentucky its eighth win of the season with a victory over a bad Iowa team in a meaningless bowl game. The same couldn’t be said about his evaluation if he were to suffer an injury against the Hawkeyes.

Levis will finish his college career with 5,232 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions over the course of his two seasons as the Wildcats’ starting quarterback.

Written by Mark Harris


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  1. Levis is a great person with all of the physical tools. Bright and an excellent leader. He will be a first round pick and will definitely flourish in a good situation. UK had a hack OC this year and Stoops is probably the HC for any QB to play under.

  2. The main benefit of Bowls is to give underclassmen another month of practice and to reward the team with a trip. No one cares if Ky beats Iowa. If you are a Ky fan you should likely be happy he is not playing. Gives the other QBs on the team reps in the game planning. Good news is that Iowa is one of the worst offensive teams in the US and Iowa’s (terrible) starting quarterback is hurt and their backup is in the portal–leaving them with no QB who has ever thrown a collegiate pass! Should be a real offensive show!

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