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Indiana star RB Jordan Howard to enter NFL draft

The Detroit News
Jordan Howard

Indiana star running back Jordan Howard will give up his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Howard, from Gardendale, Alabama, is second in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with 134.8 rushing yards per game. He also averaged 146.6 all-purpose yards.

Howard finished the season with 1,213 rushing yards on 196 carries for a 6.2-yard average.

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL," Howard said.

Earlier this month, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper ranked Howard the No. 7 running back in the 2016 draft class.

MEL KIPER RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

1. *Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

2. *Derrick Henry, Alabama

3. *C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame

4. *Paul Perkins, UCLA

5. Devontae Booker, Utah

6. *Alex Collins, Arkansas

7. *Jordan Howard, Indiana

8. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas

9. Tyler Ervin, San Jose State

10. *Corey Clement, Wisconsin

* - Has one year of eligibility remaining.