According to Tennessean writer Mike Organ, Tennessee State running back TSU running back Trabis Ward has declared himself eligible for the NFL draft and won’t return for his senior season.
No FCS back carried the ball more than Ward, who had 309 carries for 1,422 yards (8th nationally) and 15 touchdowns in also leading his team to an 8-3 mark; the 1,422 rushing yards were the third-most in TSU history.
The 5’10” running back was a first-team all OVC selection this season, but wasn’t selected as a TSN FCS All-American.
Ward’s sophomore year, he started nine out of 11 games for the Tigers, carrying the ball for 978 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Damond Talbot, the lead writer at NFL Draft Zone, says of the decision, “I don’t think it was a smart move, even knowing the NFL draft is not packed with RB’s this year. I say 6th to 7th rounder.” He added that Ward, “could end up as a Free Agent, you never know. If you have another year in school as a small school I say stay.”
“Unless you are like Da’Rick Rogers,” Talbott added. “Different story”
Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed says he expects Ward, who rushed for 1,422 yards this year, to catch someone’s eye in the NFL draft.