Luke Ford’s time at Illinois has come to a close. The veteran Illini tight end announced Tuesday that he is entering the 2023 NFL Draft.

Ford shared the news on his Twitter account.

Illinois considered Ford a senior in 2022 after applying the COVID-19 waiver to his 2020 junior season. Ford did not play a game in 2019 after the NCAA denied his waiver from Georgia. Illinois considered Ford a sophomore in 2019 and a junior in 2020. Applying a redshirt to 2019, though, he could be considered a redshirt sophomore in 2020 and ’21 and a redshirt junior in 2022, leaving the possibility of a sixth-year redshirt senior season in 2023.

In 3 seasons at Illinois, Ford played in 32 games. He logged 27 catches for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Ford’s most productive season was 2021 when he had 15 receptions for 114 yards and 2 TDs. This season, Ford caught 10 passes for 88 yards.