Watson's representatives cited the long season and his continued training for the NFL draft as reasons he won't play in the Jan. 28 game in Mobile, Alabama. Watson is a junior giving up his final college season, but has graduated, making him eligible for the game.
The Senior Bowl would've given NFL personnel the chance to see the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Watson up close. That includes the Cleveland Browns, holders of the No. 1 pick in next spring's draft, whose staff will coach in the bowl.
Watson led the Tigers to a national championship with a 35-31 victory over Alabama. He threw for 4,593 yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions this season.
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