Seth Emerson ($$) asked Eric Stokes about his decision to skip the bowl game in order to prepare for the draft. His answer, in part:
Just making that decision, I was pretty much listening to my teammates: ‘Hey man, you don’t really need to play this, you’ve already done everything that you did. I don’t want you to risk anything, just go ahead and do you, you’ve already made your money here.’ Hearing that stuff from my teammates assured me that we would be good regardless. It made me feel way better.
Wait, his teammates didn’t think he was a traitorous quitter? Inconceivable!