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Baylor's all-time leading rusher, Shock Linwood will sit out Cactus Bowl

Senior running back Shock Linwood will not play in the Cactus Bowl to focus on possible NFL career.

Baylor senior running back Shock Linwood's career as a Bear is over.  Linwood has chosen not to play in the Bears upcoming bowl game against Boise State to focus on his possible NFL career.

Linwood finishes his Baylor career as the University's all-time leading rusher, gaining 4,213 yards in his four years.  This senior year has been his worst, a year struggling with injuries and off the field distractions.  He finishes the 2016 campaign with his lowest yardage total (751), worst rushing yards per attempt (5.4) and fewest touchdowns (2).  

Late in the season, Linwood was benched for their game against Oklahoma for pushing an assistant coach during the Bears 62-22 loss to TCU.  Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty had both passed Linwood on the depth chart late in the season as well.  

Baylor will go into their December 27th Cactus Bowl match up against Boise State with Williams and Hasty as the only two scholarship running backs on the roster.  Freshman wide receiver Blake Lynch is also an option to play there, if he can recover from the broken hand he suffered against Texas Tech. 

The Bears are 6-6 on the year, but have lost 6-games in a row after a perfect start to the 2016 season saw them ranked as high as 8th in the nation. 

Linwood is the 3rd running back to declare that they are sitting out their teams bowl game.  LSU's Leonard Fournette and Stanford's Christian McCaffery are the other two, but both considered early first round picks for this years NFL draft.  

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