Indiana Hoosiers junior running back Stevie Scott might have shocked a few people Friday when he announced he was skipping his final year of eligibility in Bloomington and jumping to the National Football League.

At the end of a longer note dedicated to Hoosier Nation, Scott wrote, “After much prayer and discussion with family, I will forego my senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. I am eager to pursue my dreams of playing in the NFL, but I will be  a Hoosier for life!”

From a statistical perspective, Scott picked an odd season to leave on with his average numbers down across the board. During his first and second years with the Hoosiers, Scott averaged nearly five yards per touch over both campaigns, while his numbers in 2020 dropped all the way down to 3.6 yards per handle. Amazingly, he managed to score exactly 10 rushing touchdowns every year, with 11 total scores in his first two and 10 in what is now known as his final year.

Indiana’s running back’s coach these last four seasons, Mike Hart, recently left Indiana and returned to his alma mater at the University of Michigan to take a similar position with the Wolverines. What effect this had on Scott’s decision, if any, was not known.

While his days helping turn around the Indiana football program are over, Scott’s next stop is the stiffest of all trials, and one he’s apparently looking forward to.