Another Hawkeye has decided to leave the program and pursue a career in the NFL.
Tuesday, running back Toren Young announced that he will not return to Iowa for his final season of eligibility with the program. He posted a message on Twitter, announcing his decision to start working toward a career in the professional ranks.
Young joins offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs and defensive end A.J. Epenesa, who also announced they will declare for the 2020 NFL Draft on Tuesday.
“After long thoughts, prayers, and time spent with family, I have decided that at this time I will forgo my fifth year at the University of Iowa and will shift my focus to, first and foremost, graduating this spring, training and preparing for my professional life both on and off the field,” Young wrote. “The last 4 years have truly been a blessing. I am thankful to have been a part of such a special program. I have built relationships and memories here that will last a lifetime.”
Young appeared in 12 games for the Hawkeyes this season, rushing for 432 yards and one touchdown on 81 carries. He also caught one pass for seven yards.
In his four-year career at Iowa, Young played in 33 games for the Hawkeyes and totaled 1.262 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He also caught nine passes for 57 yards and a score.
Young’s best season came in 2018, rushing for a career-high 637 yards and five touchdowns on 136 touches.