In the final game of his Husky career, junior defensive lineman Vita Vea held back tears as he walked off the field following Washington’s 35-28 loss to Penn State in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. Vea, in the team’s worst-kept secret, confirmed to The Seattle Times that he is planning to hire an agent in the coming days and declare for the NFL draft. Some see Vea as a potential top-15 pick next spring. Vea, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, said he did give some consideration to sitting out the Fiesta Bowl to protect his draft stock — a growing trend for top prospects around college football. “There was definitely talk about it,” Vea told The Times. “But I knew this team and this brotherhood, and I owed it to all my coaches and all my teammates. I couldn’t leave them hanging.” Myles Gaskin, meanwhile, says he is 50-50 about whether he will return to UW for his senior season. The Huskies’ star junior running back rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the Fiesta Bowl loss.
Washington's Vea headed for NFL draft after Fiesta Bowl loss
Seattle Times | Dec 31