SEC underclassmen bolting for the NFL

January, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The SEC lost a few more talented underclassmen Wednesday who are headed to the NFL.

Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno made it official by announcing at a news conference that they were turning pro. Also, South Carolina tight end Jared Cook has decided to join teammates Captain Munnerlyn and Emanuel Cook as early entries into the NFL draft.

By school, here are the other SEC players who've said they're leaving school early to enter the draft:

  • Alabama: Offensive tackle Andre Smith.
  • Auburn: Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and cornerback Jerraud Powers.
  • LSU: Defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois.
  • Vanderbilt: Cornerback D.J. Moore.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, and players can change their mind as long as they don't hire an agent, enter into an agreement with an agent or take money and/or gifts from an agent.

Other SEC underclassmen considering a jump to the NFL include Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Florida receiver Percy Harvin, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, Alabama running back Glen Coffee, Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy, LSU offensive tackle Ciron Black, LSU receiver Brandon LaFell, Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley, Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, Kentucky linebacker Micah Johnson and Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams.

Two players who changed their minds and now plan to return to school for their senior seasons are South Carolina outside linebacker Eric Norwood and Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman.

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