A third Pitt Panther has opted out of playing in the Peach Bowl.
Senior wide receiver Taysir Mack announced on Christmas Eve that he will not play in next week’s game and will instead concentrate on preparing for the 2022 NFL Draft. Mack has been sidelined since getting injured in the Miami game at the end of October. Mack released this statement.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank God for guiding and protecting me throughout my playing years. I am incredibly grateful to have spent the past few years playing for the University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, you will forever have a special place in my heart. A special thanks to the amazing coaching staff, athletic training staff and academic advisors for supporting me and helping me grow as an athlete both on and off the field. I will forever cherish the memories and special bonds we’ve made.
After countless prayers with my family and conversations with my mentors and advisors, I’m officially making the decision to forgo playing in the bowl game and focus my time and attention into preparing for the 2022 NFL Draft and transitioning to the big stage. Thank you, Panther Nation!”
Yesterday, Mack accepted an invitation to play at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Prior to the injury, Mack had recorded 27 catches for 461 yards (17 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. Since transferring to Pitt from Indiana, Mack’s best season with the Panthers came in 2019, when he caught 63 passes for 736 yards and 3 touchdowns