Oklahoma back Peterson among juniors turning pro



Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm has decided to play his senior year.
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Adrian Peterson sprinted to a touchdown the last time he touched the ball in college. Next up, he hopes to score big in the NFL.
Peterson, Oklahoma's fleet running back, will pass up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Monday was the deadline for underclassmen to declare their intentions.
Record-breaking Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan declared himself eligible for the draft, too, but left himself the option of returning to the Warriors.
Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, however, said he was staying in school.
"I went back and forth a little bit," he said. "But I think in the beginning I always wanted to come back. That was really what I wanted to do."
Peterson missed seven games last season because of a broken collarbone, and still ran for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Final game memorable
Peterson returned from his injury to run for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Oklahoma's 43-42 overtime loss to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. His final carry for the Sooners was a 25-yard TD run in overtime.
"In the end, I think I just realized that this is a business decision and that it is time for me to take that next step," Peterson said in a statement released by the university.
"It wasn't easy," he said. "I haven't been sleeping much."
Peterson ran for 4,045 yards in three seasons, ranking behind only 1978 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims (4,118) and Joe Washington (4,071) on Oklahoma's career rushing list.
Peterson's 1,925 yards in 2004 were a school rushing record and the most by a freshman in NCAA history.
"I know this has been a trying time for him and he just needs to know that we support him wholeheartedly," coach Bob Stoops said. "Adrian has been a great individual player and a great teammate."
Up in the air
Brennan filed as a formality to meet the NFL deadline, yet is still making up his mind. He had 72 hours to make an official decision.
Brennan set the NCAA record with 58 touchdown passes last season in leading Hawaii to an 11-3 mark. He led the nation in passing yards, total offense, passing efficiency and completion percentage.
Brohm will stay at Louisville after helping the Cardinals to a No. 6 ranking.
"I have a good opportunity to enter the draft and have a good position in the draft," Brohm said. "However, I still feel like there's still some things we can do here. There's a lot of things we can still accomplish."
Brohm threw for 3,049 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading Louisville to a 12-1 record, a Big East title and a win in the Orange Bowl over Wake Forest.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino resigned Jan. 7 to become coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and star running back Michael Bush is entering the draft after missing most of the season with a broken right leg.
Also, Charleston Southern receiver Maurice Price will skip his senior season and enter the draft.
Price caught 103 passes last season, most among players in the top two levels of college football. In three seasons, he set Big South Conference records with 202 catches for 2,429 yards, and scored 19 touchdowns.
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