LSU's Russell headed for draft
The same for USC's Dwayne Jarrett and Clemson's C.J. Gaddis.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell said Wednesday he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
"It kind of hit me toward the end of the season that I was going to make that jump," Russell said at a news conference.
After a standout performance in the Sugar Bowl last week, the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Russell had been expected to declare early for the draft.
Russell, a native of Mobile, Ala., threw for 6,525 yards and 52 touchdowns in three seasons with LSU, two as a full-time starter. He threw for 332 yards and two TDs in the Sugar Bowl to help the Tigers (11-2) beat Notre Dame 41-14.
Had he stayed, Russell would have been considered a strong Heisman Trophy contender. He also would have been under the oversight of a new offensive coordinator after Jimbo Fisher accepted Florida State's coordinator job.
"We gave him every bit of information that might allow him to choose -- either go or stay," coach Les Miles said, adding he thought Russell and his family made a good decision and predicted Russell could go as high as No. 1 in the draft.
USC's Jarrett enters draft
LOS ANGELES -- Dwayne Jarrett, the leading receiver in school history, announced he will skip his senior season at Southern California.
Jarrett, a 6-5, 215-pounder from New Brunswick, N.J., ends his college career with 216 catches for 3,138 yards and a Pac 10-record 41 touchdowns in 38 games. He capped his impressive three years at USC by making 11 receptions for 205 yards and two TDs in a 32-18 victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
The 21-year-old two-time first-team All-American caught 70 passes for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns this season despite missing one game and being limited in several others because of a shoulder injury.
The Trojans were 11-2 this season and 36-3 during Jarrett's career, which almost ended shortly after it began because of a case of homesickness during his freshman year.
Jarrett caught 55 passes for 849 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman and had 91 receptions for 1,274 yards and 16 TDs as a sophomore. He broke Keary Colbert's previous school record of 207 receptions, and surpassed Ken Margerum's Pac-10 record of 32 TD catches early in the season.
Clemson cornerback in, too
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson cornerback C.J. Gaddis will pass up his senior year and enter the NFL draft.
The school said Gaddis told his coaches about his decision Wednesday.
"This is the best decision for me," Gaddis said. "I have thought about it for a long time and I am comfortable with the decision."
Gaddis becomes the fifth player -- and second straight defensive back -- to leave coach Tommy Bowden's program early. In 2004, New York Jets cornerback and returner Justin Miller turned pro following his junior season with the Tigers.
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