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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Lucky second-guesses his decision to return

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There's a cautionary tale in this morning's Lincoln Journal-Star for players like Michael Crabtree and Sam Bradford who are considering the merits of declaring for the NFL draft against returning to school for another year.

Nebraska I-back Marlon Lucky was considered a fourth- or fifth-round prospect for the 2008 NFL draft. But instead of declaring, he decided to return for his senior season.

Lucky still needs 24 hours to receive his degree in sociology, but he's headed in the right direction.

The same can't be said about his football career. He might be lucky to be drafted as high this season.

After totaling 1,724 yards of total offense under former coach Bill Callahan in 2007, Lucky has produced 792 total yards this season -- 517 rushing, 275 receiving.

And his receiving numbers have dropped from a school-record 75 receptions to only 22 this season as Roy Helu Jr. has emerged as the Cornhuskers' featured backfield threat late this season.

Lucky told the Journal-Star that he's struggled with his decision at times this season.

"I don't know what to say. Last year's gone," Lucky said. "I probably would've left, but I can't say."

If his decision had been based solely on football, Lucky said he likely would have left.

But family members convinced him to come back for another college season.

"I gave it a lot of thought," Lucky said, "and chose this route."

That should make others stop and think before deciding on returning to college for another season.