Whop Philyor had the talent and the numbers to leave Indiana after the 2019 season. The wide receiver had an excellent opportunity to hear his name called at some point during the 2020 NFL Draft.

Instead, Philyor decided to return to Indiana to improve his draft stock ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. But that wasn’t his primary concern in coming back and rejoining the Hoosiers.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Philyor said that one of the primary reasons for coming back to Indiana was to be the first member of his family to earn his college degree. Kevin Brockway of CNHI Indiana reported on the receiver’s response.

According to his player profile on IUHoosiers.com, Philyor is studying to earn his degree in liberal arts. This will be his senior season with the football team.

Philyor also stated that he wanted to have one more season with his teammates before heading to the NFL.

Last season, Philyor helped Indiana to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Gator Bowl. He totaled 1,002 yards and 5 touchdowns on 70 receptions for the Hoosiers, one of the highest totals in the B1G for the 2019 season.

In three seasons at IU, Philyor has accounted for 1,572 yards and 9 touchdowns as a receiver, hauling in 126 catches.