LSU losing eight juniors to NFL draft; Georgia QB Aaron Murray to return for 2013

Juniors have until Jan. 15 to decide on; NFL lists 37 who have already declared

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins reaches for his ankle while LSU's Sam Montgomery points at him in the first quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins reaches for his ankle while LSU's Sam Montgomery points at him in the first quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

It's decision time for juniors considering the NFL draft, and that means much uncertainty for the coaches of college players still weighing their decisions.

One thing is already certain, however: LSU is getting hammered.

The seventh-ranked team that Clemson defeated in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last week will lose at least eight junior players to the draft. That's the most ever for a Les Miles-coached LSU team, which has never previously lost more than three underclassmen to the draft.

Bayou Bengal defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, and offensive lineman Bennie Logan declared for the draft on Sunday, following previous announcements by linebacker Kevin Minter, defensive backs Eric Reid and Tharold Simon, punter Brad Wing and running back Spencer Ware.

Other juniors whose decisions to enter the NFL draft that have an impact on Clemson's 2013 season include Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner and cornerback Xavier Rhodes; Georgia linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree; and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. Also jumping to the NFL is North Carolina running back Gio Bernard.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, meanwhile, has announced that he's returning to school for his senior season.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have yet to announce their decisions. The NFL's deadline for declaring is Jan. 15.

As of Sunday, 37 juniors had declared for the draft, according to NFL.com.

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AFTiger87 writes:

I believe you mean Mingo, not "Wingo"

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