UCLA Football: Paul Perkins To Declare for the NFL Draft

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In the second of expected declarations to the NFL Draft, junior running back Paul Perkins will forego his senior year with UCLA Football.

It is sad to see but the workhorse of the UCLA Football offense is moving on. Junior RB Paul Perkins has made it official that he will be skipping his senior season with the Bruins to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

Today, Perkins tweeted out his love for UCLA Football as well as his plan to move forward in his life and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Perkins, the Pac-12’s leading rusher from a year ago with 1,572 total rushing yards, has had one exciting career with the Bruins. Though he was just short of his rushing yardage from 2015, Perkins was still able to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark with 1, 343 yards.

Though he did not run as much as the previous year, he was still efficient, especially in scoring as he ran for 14 touchdowns, five more than in 2014.

Though the Bruins did not meet expectations for this year as a team, there were a few bright spots with UCLA and Perkins is definitely one of the Bruins that shined through, game in and game out.

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With Perkins declaring for the NFL Draft, expect current sophomore Nate Starks to take the reins as the #1 running back next season. Though Starks has the most experience, expect him to be heavily pushed by current freshmen Soso Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi who played multiple games as true freshmen this season.

Thank you for everything Perkins and GO BRUINS!