South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst declares for draft but will play in bowl game

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South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst announced he would skip his final season and enter the NFL Draft. Hurst, though, plans to play in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 against Michigan, via Josh Kendall of The State.

Hurst, 24, announced his decision Thursday on social media.

“I have been searching for the right way to announce my decision without being a distraction to my team during the season, but after many questions I wanted the announcement to come from me personally,” Hurst wrote. “After sitting down with my family and coach [Will] Muschamp I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft after this season.”

Hurst, one of only three tight ends in school history with more than 1,000 career yards, earned first-team All-SEC honors this season.

4 responses to “South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst declares for draft but will play in bowl game

  1. 24 and still in college? did he play minor league baseball or something? otherwise he better turn pro before he’s over the hill

  2. dg0122 says:
    December 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    24 and still in college? did he play minor league baseball or something? otherwise he better turn pro before he’s over the hill

    Yes, that’s exactly what he did. Two years of minor league ball. Couldn’t get control of his fastball, spent a bit of time trying to transition to first base, then decided that it was no fun and went back to football.

  3. He was woefully underused by the O.C. (who was fired earlier this week) and should have been a part of more games. He’s going to be a great low draft pick for some team. Keep an eye out if he hits with the right offense.

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