George Atkinson headed to NFL draft

Updated: January 8, 2014, 3:22 PM ET
By Matt Fortuna | ESPN.com

The George Atkinson III saga has ended with the running back trying his hand at the next level.

The Notre Dame junior will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft, his father, George Sr., confirmed to ESPN.com, ending an uneasy couple of weeks that included Atkinson getting suspended from the Fighting Irish's season finale in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Atkinson entered the 2013 season as Notre Dame's No. 1 running back, but he appeared to fall out of favor with ...

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