NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -Ray Rice will skip his senior year to enter the NFL draft after becoming the leading rusher in Rutgers history and transforming the Scarlet Knights into a Top 25 team.
``I have always dreamed of playing in the NFL, and I felt the time is right to pursue the opportunity to play at the next level,'' he said in a statement Tuesday.
His decision came three days after he ran for 280 yard and scored four touchdowns in a 52-30 victory over Ball State in the International Bowl. It was Rutgers' third straight bowl game and second straight bowl win after the school went 27 years without qualifying for a bowl.
In his three seasons, the Scarlet Knights were 26-12 after failing to finish above .500 in the 12 previous seasons.
``I am very happy for Ray and his family,'' Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. ``He has been one of the elite players in college football during his career at Rutgers. Although we will miss him greatly, we all look forward to watching him play on Sundays.''
Rice and Schiano are to hold a news conference on Wednesday.
Rice leaves Rutgers with numerous records, including career yards rushing (4,926), career rushing touchdowns (49) and yards rushing in a season (2,012) and game (280). He became the 13th player in NCAA history to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season. He made The Associated Press' All-American second team as a sophomore and junior.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

CFL Betting Recap - Week 5 on Mon, Jul 2018 by Shazman
CFL Betting News and Trends For Week 5 on Sat, Jul 2018 by Shazman
FIFA Soccer: World Cup Semifinals on Wed, Jul 2018 by Shazman
CFL Betting Recap - Week 4 on Mon, Jul 2018 by Shazman

NCAAF Headlines

College Football Predictions

Thumbnail Florida Gators Season Win Prediction The Florida Gators return a significant amount of starters from a year ago but questions remain at quarterback and along the offensive line. Will they win at...
Thumbnail UCLA Bruins Win Total Prediction The UCLA Bruins made a bold hire in Chip Kelly to replace Jim Mora but now Kelly has a daunting task ahead of him. Given a lack of overall talent and a brutal...
Thumbnail Miami Hurricanes Win Season Prediction Most Miami alum will tell you that the "U" will never be back until the Hurricanes win, or at least compete, for a national championship. That said, even if the 'Canes...
Thumbnail Michigan State Win Total Prediction The Michigan State Spartans return a slew of starters from last year's team but look to be flying under the radar when it comes to challenging in the Big Ten. Is their...
Thumbnail Georgia QB Breaks Non-Throwing Hand Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm broke his hand in a boating accident this week but fortunately for the Bulldogs, the injury suffered was to his non-throwing hand....