It's hard to believe, but it's finally bowl week for Virginia Tech and Tulane ahead of Wednesday's Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland. As is the case with every bowl this time of year, there have been players who have decided to opt out of the game for one reason or another.
Both teams have players who have entered the transfer portal but have committed to playing in the game and finishing the season with their teammates. Here is a list of players that have decided to not play in the game, again for one reason or another.
Tight End: Dae'Quan Wright
Safety: Jalen Stroman
Safety: Nasir Peoples
Wright is in the transfer portal and moving on in 2024, but Stroman and Peoples were ruled out by head coach Brent Pry last weekend when he announced both players had surgery for injuries. Virginia Tech has some players in the transfer portal who are finishing out the season, similar to Hokies portal commit Aeneas Peebles did for Duke in Saturday's win over Troy in the Birmingham Bowl. Here is the running transfer portal list for Virginia Tech, but again, some of the players are going to play against the Green Wave.
Defensive Back: Kentrell Webb
Cornerback: Jarius Monroe
Safety: D.J. Douglas
Defensive Lineman: Darius Hodges
Quarterback: Michael Pratt
Wide Receiver: Chris Brazzell
Wide Receiver: Jha'Quan Jackson
Offensive Lineman: Prince Pines
On the other side, Tulane, which went 11-2 and lost to SMU in the AAC Championship game, lost head coach Willie Fritz who went to the University of Houston and some of his assistants have also left and are going to coach against the Hokies. The two biggest names on the list for the Green Wave are Pratt and Brazzell, two of their better offensive playmakers. Let's be honest, Tulane is such a good team that they are still more than capable to winning this game to end the season with 12 victories.