Domonique Young is going to try and keep Purdue’s 19-year streak of having a player taken in the NFL Draft alive and well.
In a statement on Twitter from his account on Wednesday, Young said he would be pursuing a career in the NFL, choosing not to petition the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility:
Just wanted to say it out loud that I'm going to be moving on and chasing my dreams to play football in the NFL thank you boiler nation ???????? pic.twitter.com/9kvwPT7SN7
— Dirty Domo (@Domo_inthecut) January 11, 2017
Young’s senior season concluded this past fall but because he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Purdue’s lone B1G win against Illinois, he would’ve had the opportunity to petition the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility. The game was the Boilermakers’ fifth of the season, so there was no guarantee he would’ve been approved, anyway.
The senior receiver caught 29 passes for 338 yards and a TD in the five games he played in 2016. He had a big game in Purdue’s loss to Cincinnati, making eight catches for 136 yards and scoring his only TD of the season.
For his career, Young had 614 yards and two TDs on 50 receptions.
Last week, Purdue standout defensive lineman Jake Replogle made a somewhat surprising move, deciding to hang up the helmet and shoulder pads and not pursue a career in the NFL.
In his statement, Young also took time to thank his supporters in West Lafayette, saying, “I want to take this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to Purdue University, who welcomed me with open arms, my coaches, my teammates, staff, teachers, friends, the FANS, and everyone else who made my experience among the most treasured memories of my life.”