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Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley says he will enter draft

12 January 2018, 12:33 | Sylvia Adams

Crimson Tide's Ridley declares for NFL Draft

Alabama DI Da'Ron Payne

Leading rusher Damien Harris has chose to return for his senior season, according to a report from AL.com, citing unnamed sources. Ridley scored a pair of touchdowns in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Michigan State.

"I think it was a pretty clear decision with my family and my coaches", he said. He is coming off a season in which he caught 63 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns.

The Tide tailback ran for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns this season after rushing for 1,040 yards and two scores his sophomore year in 2016. There are so many people to thank for the successes I have enjoyed, including faculty, staff, support staff, teammates, friends and the greatest fan base anyone could ever ask for.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is second in school history with 220 career catches and third with 2,749 yards.

So, when three high-profile Alabama players declare for the National Football League draft, perhaps no one has a more unique perspective on their draft potential. Harris is the sixth Alabama running back with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, joining Johnny Musso, Bobby Humphrey, Shaun Alexander, Kenneth Darby and T.J. Yeldon.

This was rather expected, as Ridley had very little left to prove at the collegiate level and is already on the older end of the spectrum for a receiving prospect at 23 years old.

On Wednesday many Alabama players made their intentions know that they were on their way to the NFL. After the Crimson Tide's win, UCF put a billboard up in Tuscaloosa challenging Alabama to a home-and-home series.

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