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Mendenhall to skip senior year to enter NFL draft

Updated: January 10, 2008, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Rashard Mendenhall will skip his senior year at Illinois and enter the NFL draft after rushing for a school-record 1,681 yards while leading the Illini on an unexpected run to the Rose Bowl.

"I am blessed in the fact that I was able to have the kind of year that I had, and my team was able to have the kind of year it had," Mendenhall said during a news conference Thursday at Niles West High School, where he played before joining the Illini.

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