Monday, January 07, 2013

Rutgers' Jamison declares for NFL Draft

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers redshirt sophomore running back Jawan Jamison has elected to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jamison is the sixth player since 2008 at Rutgers to leave school early and enter the NFL Draft. Jamison joins fellow underclassmen Logan Ryan to leave Rutgers early following this season to enter the professional ranks.

“Jawan has been an exciting player for us during his career,” said Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood. “He is a running back with tremendous vision, great balance and has the gift to make people miss in the open field. We wish Jawan well as he begins his journey to play in the NFL.”

The four Scarlet Knights prior to Jamison who elected to forego their final year of eligibility since 2008 have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at the next level. Ray Rice left Rutgers following his junior season in 2007 and was a second round draft selection of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 NFL Draft. Kenny Britt declared for the 2009 NFL Draft and was a first round pick of the Tennessee Titans while Anthony Davis was selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Rounding out the list of players who left early was Mohamed Sanu last year. He was a third round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jamison was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection after rushing for a team-best 1,075 yards in 2012. The Starke, Fla., native averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on the year. He also caught 28 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns out of the backfield this season.

Jamison was the third RU player since 1976 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in 2012 and the seventh player at Rutgers to record a 1,000-yard season.

For his career, Jamison rushed for 1,972 yards and 13 touchdowns in 25 games.

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