Arkansas' Andrews might skip Independence Bowl

Arkansas might be without arguably its best player when it plays Missouri in the Independence Bowl. Right tackle Shawn Andrews isn't sure if he will play in the game.

Arkansas might be one star short for the Independence Bowl.

Right tackle Shawn Andrews told the Arkansas Gazette that he might skip the bowl game for reasons he could not give.

"I've got a situation going on," he said. "I'm probably going to talk about it when I get back."

Missouri plays Arkansas in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.

Andrews, a junior, was at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando on Thursday night. He was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. He has won the Jacobs Award, given to the most outstanding blocker in the Southeastern Conference, two years in a row.

The decision could be related to the NFL Draft, which Andrews is expected to enter and skip his senior season. Arkansas fullback Mark Pierce has already decided to leave early and won't play in the Independence Bowl as well.

Tight end Jason Peters and cornerback Ahamd Carroll are other Razorbacks that could leave early for the NFL.

"I hope they all stay," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "We'll be all right if they all stay."

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