LSU's Ridley leaving early for NFL

January, 13, 2011
1/13/11
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The door just swung open a lot wider for LSU running backs Spencer Ware, Michael Ford and Alfred Blue.

Stevan Ridley has decided to declare for early entry into the NFL draft and won't return for his senior season. He led the Tigers in rushing this season with 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Ware, a true freshman, had a big AT&T Cotton Bowl with 102 yards on 10 carries. He's one of those guys who could easily be one of the top breakout players in the SEC next season. Ford, a redshirt freshman, and Blue, a true freshman, have also shown a lot of potential.

Here's an updated list of the SEC underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft. The deadline to declare is Saturday:

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