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West Virginia RB Justin Crawford to skip bowl, focus on draft prep

| Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
West Virginia's Justin Crawford rushes against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va.
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West Virginia's Justin Crawford rushes against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia running back Justin Crawford will skip the Mountaineers' bowl game to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen made the announcement Thursday night in a statement.

“Justin has logged a lot of miles and been a key contributor for us the past two seasons,” Holgorsen said in the statement. “He made a decision to not play in the bowl game based on what is best for him and his family. He came to West Virginia to further his education and be a featured back in the Big 12, and he accomplished his goals. As he starts his preparation for the NFL Draft, we wish him nothing but the best.”

Crawford was the third-leading rusher in the Big 12 this season with 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns and finished with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The senior was named second-team All-Big 12 both times.

West Virginia (7-5) plays Utah (6-6) on Dec. 26 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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