Penn State junior Miles Sanders has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Nittany Lions’ ball carrier only started one season for head coach James Franklin’s team, but it was an impressive one, as he finished with 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns while also contributing some in the passing game during the team’s 9-4 2018 season.
Sanders is the fifth Lion to elect to leave school early for the pros, as he joins former teammates Shareef Miller, Ryan Bates, Connor McGovern, and Kevin Givens in announcing his future plans following PSU’s 27-24 loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.
“As I prepare for the road ahead, I truly believe this is the next best step for my future,” Sanders wrote in a statement announcing his decision.
As for who will replace Sanders, sophomore-to-be Ricky Slade, who carried the ball 45 times for 257 yards and six touchdowns, will have the inside track to be the new feature back, but he’ll be pushed by Journey Brown and incoming freshmen Noah Cain and Devyn Ford, the former of which arrives in January.
Sanders was listed as ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s No. 6 draft-eligible running back in November, while CBS Sports calls him a likely Day 3 selection during April’s Draft.