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Miami RB Joe Yearby Declares For NFL Draft

Joe Yearby, Miami's second-leading rusher in 2016, has announced that he'll be heading to the NFL Draft.

Miami announced the move in a release, with a header graphic of "Thank U Joe."

From The U's release:

“After discussing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided that it would be in my best interest to enter the 2017 NFL Draft,” Yearby said. “These past three years have been truly memorable and I will never forget my time here at the University of Miami, a place that has shaped me into the person I am today. Miami has been and always will be my home and I look forward to remaining a part of the South Florida community for years to come.”

Head coach Mark Richt also commented on Yearby's decision.

“I spoke with Joe earlier today and he made me aware that he planned to declare for the NFL Draft,” said head coach Mark Richt. “I was able to thank Joe for everything he did for our program. I wish him the very best!”

Yearby was a key contributor in all three of his seasons at Miami. As a freshman, he rushed for 509 yards and a touchdown, and followed it up with his best season, his 2015 sophomore campaign, during which he ran for 1,002 yards and six scores.

This year, Mark Walton displaced Joe Yearby as the 'Canes leading rusher, though Yearby still led the team in yards per carry (6.0). He totaled 608 yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns.