ORLANDO, Fla. -- This is why top NFL prospects opt out of bowl games.
Clemson standout junior defensive back Andrew Booth Jr. was thrown to the ground and briefly pinned by Iowa State freshman wide receiver Jaylin Noel during Wednesday night’s Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
Booth was visibly angry at Noel while being escorted to the injury tent. Replays appeared to show Noel throwing a punch while Booth was on the ground, but no penalty was called on the play.
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Booth appeared to be more upset than injured, but it underscored why so many players decided not to take a chance of getting hurt in postseason. Iowa State’s Breece Hall, for instance, expected to be the top running back taken in the draft, did not play in this game. He was with his teammates on the sideline but not in full uniform.
Booth’s NFL stock has been on the rise during the second half of the and the latest projections have him going in the top 10.
Todd Shanesy is a 30-year veteran of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal now focusing on Clemson athletics for the USA TODAY network.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Clemson football: Andrew Booth shaken up on play by Iowa State