Penn State running back Miles Sanders is headed to the NFL after serving as the primary ball carrier for one season in Happy Valley.
Thursday morning, Sanders announced that he will forgo his senior season with the Nittany Lions and has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft. He made his decision public through Twitter.
“I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft,” Sanders wrote. “As I prepare for the road ahead, I truly believe this is the best next step for my future. Thanks to so many of you, my future is bright and I’ll never forget my home here at Penn State.”
Everything 1K 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/k67nDaUo5A
— Miles Sanders (@BoobieMilesXXIV) January 3, 2019
Sanders was one of the B1G’s top running backs this season, toting the ball 220 times for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in five games this season, helping lead the Lions to a 9-4 season.
Sanders has been in the backfield in Happy Valley for the past three seasons but spent his first two years behind Saquon Barkley. This was the first season he was the primary ball carrier.
In those three seasons, Sanders racked up 1,649 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. He added 193 yards and a score as a receiver, as well.
Penn State has now lost five players to the NFL Draft since closing out the year. Shareef Miller, Kevin Givens, Connor McGovern and Ryan Bates all declared on Wednesday.