Fifth Penn State football player forgoes senior season, declares for NFL Draft
STATE COLLEGE —
Another member of the Penn State football team announced their decision to forgo their senior season and declare for the NFL Draft Thursday.
Running back Miles Sanders made the announcement through Twitter.
Sanders became the 45th player in program history to rush for more than 1,000 yards. He finished his Penn State career with 1,649 rushing yards, which ranks 25th in program history. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native also finished with 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing) in 38 career games.
He also owns the Penn State season record with 33 kickoff returns set in 2016. He's also second on the school’s season kickoff return yardage list with 688 in 2016.
In 2018, Sanders had a big year racking in the accolades. They were as follows:
-Selected to the second-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches and media
-Second-team All-Big Ten honors by the Associated Press
-Named Penn State's Most Valuable Offensive Player
-Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after Illinois (9/21) game
-Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week following the Illinois (9/21) game
-Selected to Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following the Pittsburgh (9/8) game
-Member of the Maxwell Award Watch List
-Preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation's top running back
According to ESPN's Mel Kiper, Sanders was ranked as the ninth best running back in the draft.
His announcement came a day after four linemen announced their intentions to declare for the NFL Draft.