LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville wide receiver Mario Urrutia
will bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Urrutia had 35 receptions for 501 yards
and three touchdowns during an injury-marred season in 2007.
Urrutia played in 34 career games for the Cardinals, catching 130
passes for 2,271 yards and 16 touchdowns.
"It's by far the toughest decision I've ever made," Urrutia
said. "Unfortunately, with missing time this season and playing
injured I got to see football from a different perspective. You
only have so much time to play this sport, and the 2008 draft is my
Urrutia hoped to capitalize on a breakout 2006 season -- when he
caught 58 passes for 973 yards and six touchdowns -- last year but
was troubled by a nagging leg injury that forced him to miss two
games and limited him in others.
Coach Steve Kragthorpe said he was "disappointed" in Urrutia's
decision, adding he thought Urrutia would have benefited from
returning for his senior year.