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Florida State TE Ryan Izzo Declares For NFL Draft

A general view of Florida State's football field.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Doak S. Campbell Stadium during the first half of an NCAA football game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Florida State's top tight end is turning pro.

Florida State tight end Ryan Izzo will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft, he announced on Wednesday.

Izzo finished third on the team in receiving yards (317) and touchdowns (three) and fifth in receptions (20) this season. For his career, he caught 54 passes for 761 yards and six touchdowns.

Here is Izzo's statement, released on the FSU athletics website.

“After lots of thought and careful consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior season and chase my dream of playing in the NFL. I would like to thank Coach Jimbo and Coach Brewster for giving me the opportunity to be a Seminole. I would also like to thank God for all his blessings, and my family and friends for all their love and support. Lastly, thank you to Nole Nation for all of your non-stop support. We have the best fans in the country, period! Florida State gave me an amazing four years and I will forever be NoleBlooded!!!”

Izzo is the second FSU tight end to leave this offseason, with Mavin Saunders being the other.

Naseir Upshur, Tre' McKitty and Alexander Marshall are the returning scholarship tight ends for the Seminoles, with only McKitty catching a pass in 2017.