Washington Huskies junior linebacker Shaq Thompson announced today that he will enter the NFL draft.
Thompson recorded 81 tackles and four defensive touchdowns in 14 games this season. He also played some running back, carrying 61 times for 456 yards and two touchdowns. He won the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the nation's most versatile player, and is projected by some analysts as a mid-first round pick.
Here is a statement from Thompson via UW:
Dear Husky Nation,
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After careful prayer and consideration and speaking with my family and Coach Petersen at great lengths, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. This was not an easy decision for me, I love the University of Washington, and everything the U-Dub community has done for me these past three years.
I personally want to thank Coach Petersen and his staff, Coach Steve Sarkisian who recruited me and gave me this tremendous opportunity; all of my teammates who I love like brothers and have forged lifelong friendships with. And last but certainly not least, our fans and Husky Nation. You guys have been there for us each and every game and this was without a doubt the best place on Earth to play college ball.
I also want to thank my family who has been extremely supportive during my college career and especially during this difficult decision. I know that they'll continue to be an important part of my journey and I'm so thankful for their guidance and love.
I feel that I have accomplished a lot here in these past three years, and I'm so thankful to everyone for helping me achieve my goals. Now I'm looking forward to achieving a new set of goals, facing new challenges that come with being in the NFL. I'm excited to start the draft process, the next chapter in my life, but will forever and always be a Husky!
Go Huskies!ShaqAnd a statement from Huskies coach Chris Petersen:
"Shaq Thompson has been a wonderful representative of the University of Washington and the Husky football team, and he has our full support as he takes this important step. I look forward to what's to come for him and to watching him embark on what will be a long, successful NFL career."