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Monday, January 19, 2009
Goodson officially declares for NFL draft

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas A&M running back Michael Goodson has declared for the NFL draft, pushing aside an option to potentially return to college to play with another school.

Goodson, who announced he would be leaving the Texas A&M program last month, becomes the fifth Big 12 player on the NFL's official list, which was released earlier today.

The Big 12 is tied for third among the FBS conferences with automatic BCS bowl bids with five players. The Southeastern Conference leads with 14 early declarations, followed by 10 players from the Big Ten. The ACC and Big Ten are tied for third with five NFL declarations while the Big East is tied for fifth with the Pac-10 with four players apiece. Among the non-BCS affiliated conferences, the Mid-American has two players and Conference USA and the Western Athletic Conference.

The five Big 12 players to declare early include Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, Missouri kick returner/wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Goodson and Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Williams.

Texas Tech is one of eight schools with multiple players declaring with Crabtree and Williams electing to leave school. Ohio State, South Carolina and Georgia have three players apiece with three players, while Alabama, Auburn, Texas Tech, North Carolina and Penn State with two players apiece.

Here's the complete list of the 46 early declarations with Big 12 players highlighted in bold.