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IU running back Jordan Howard to enter NFL draft

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 11:20:11-05

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- IU running back Jordan Howard announced Monday that he will enter the 2016 NFL draft and forego his senior season, according to a press release from Indiana University Athletics.

Jordan finished the year with 1,213 rushing yards on 196 carries with nine rushing touchdowns and 10 total touchdowns, despite missing 22 quarters of football this year. 

In a statement Howard said: 

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL. 

My success to date would not have been possible without God and the support of family and countless people. I'd like to thank my parents, Dr. Reginald Howard (deceased) and Flora Williams for their unyielding and unwavering support over the years. 

My sincerest thanks to all of my coaches and teammates at Indiana University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. I would like to personally thank former UAB coach Garrick McGee for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. Coach Kevin Wilson, thank you for allowing me to be a part of a great football family. Coach Deland McCullough, thank you for coaching and pushing me to realize my true potential. Coach Mark Hill, thank you for inspiring me to work harder at strength and conditioning.

To my IU family, I could have never imagined receiving the love and support that you all have shown me since my arrival on campus. A special thanks to the training staff, Christa Sist and IU academics.

Today, because of the prayers, love and support of so many people, I'm one step closer to making my NFL dream a reality! God bless and Go Hoosiers!"

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According to the release, since the start of 2013, Jordan ranks first nationally among active running backs with 12 150-yard games, third with 647 attempts, fourth with 3,681 rushing yards, fifth with 17 100-yard games, sixth with 115 rushing yards per game, seventh with 3,942 yards from scrimmage, tied for seventh with three 200-yard games, ninth with 123.2 yards from scrimmage per game, 10th with 3,942 all-purpose yards and 11th with 123.2 all-purpose yards per game. 

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