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LJ Scott Pulls 180, Declares For NFL Draft

He initially said he would return as a redshirt senior.

December 06, 2018 - 10:21 am

About a month after saying he would return to Michigan State for a fifth season, running back LJ Scott announced Wednesday night that he will in fact enter the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Scott, who played in just four games this season due to an ankle injury, was prepared to take a redshirt and play another year. But "after a ton of thought, prayer, and careful consideration," he decided it was best to move on. 

"Having dealt with various humbling injuries during the 2018 regular season, I initially believed the best plan for me was to return to the Spartans as a Redshirt Senior next season," Scott wrote on Twitter. "As the season has drawn closer to an end, I've had time to properly reflect and discuss all of my options with my coaches and family to decide the absolute best course of action for me going forward. ...

"Especially considering the position that I play, I truly feel in my heart that after four seasons at MSU, the time is right for me to turn pro. I will continue to get healthy, finish the season playing in the Redbox Bowl with my teammates, and then pursue my dream of playing in the NFL." 

Scott initially injured his ankle in the Spartans' loss to Arizona State Sept. 8, then re-injured it Oct. 27 in a win over Purdue and hasn't played since. Michigan State plays Oregon in the Redbox Bowl Dec. 31. 

A four-star recruit in 2015 who chose Michigan State over the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State, Scott rushed for a team-high 11 touchdowns as a freshman, including the game-winning score against Iowa in the Big Ten championship game. He eclipsed 1,000 yards from scrimmage each of the next two seasons. 

In four games this year, Scott averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and did not score a touchdown. 

He closed his announcement with a message for Spartan nation. 

"To the best fans in the country, the love and support you all have shown me and my family through the past four years here at MSU means more than you know," Scott said. "I will forever be a Spartan. Go Green!"