Bortles, Johnson Among Those Heading to NFL 1/16/14
UNDATED - UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson say they will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. The juniors saw their draft stock rise this season as they led the Knights to their first 12-1 finish and upset of heavily favored Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.
Bortles was instrumental throughout the run, throwing for more than 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns, while completing 68 percent of his passes. Johnson rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first year as the starter.
Some projections list Bortles as one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft.
Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. He's the second Irish defensive lineman to declare for the NFL draft, joining nose guard Louis Nix III. Both have been projected by some as possible first-round picks by some, although the 6-foot-6, 312-pound Tuitt was projected as a second-round pick by the NFL draft advisory board.
Clemson's record-setting wide receiver Sammy Watkins says he's headed to the NFL. Watkins has set 23 school records in three seasons. Watkins is considered the top receiver prospect available and a top-15 selection in the NFL draft.
- UAB running back Darrin Reaves is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He's third on UAB's career rushing charts with 2,337 yards after rushing for 928 yards and 12 touchdowns last season after earning first-team All-Conference USA honors as a sophomore.