Ellis Brooks opts out of Outback Bowl, declares for NFL draft

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FILE – In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Ohio State receiver Austin Mack, right, is tackled by Penn State linebackers Cam Brown, top, and Ellis Brooks during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. A little more than a week before the NFL draft, rookie New York Giants coach Joe Judge said versatility was something he wanted from his players, especially the new ones. Brown, a sixth-round choice, and Carter Coughlin of Minnesota, the first of four seventh-round choices, have already shown multiple abilities on the field. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks will forego the Outback Bowl after officially declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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“My experience here at Penn State is something that I will always be extremely grateful for,” Brooks said on Twitter. “Growing up as a kid with a dream to come play football for Penn State to having the actual opportunity to be a part of Linebacker U and this is team is still a surreal feeling.”

This comes three days after linebacker Brandon Smith opted out of the Outback Bowl in preparation for the draft.

Penn State will face off against Arkansas on Jan. 1, 2022 at noon.

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