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Utah State leading rusher Darwin Thompson will enter the 2019 NFL Draft

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Dec. 27, 2018 at 6:07 p.m.

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LOGAN — Utah State will be without its leading rusher next season.

Junior running back Darwin Thompson announced Thursday that he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season in favor of chasing the ultimate goal of professional football.

“I have spent a lot of time weighing all options for my future, receiving advice from my family and coaches throughout the process,” Thompson said in a statement from the university. “I have come to the decision to leave school and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Your support has meant everything to me and I’m excited to represent all my Aggies at the next level.”

Thompson spent one season at Utah State after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where he was named second-team JUCO All-American as a sophomore after he rushed for 1,391 yards and eight touchdowns on 185 carries.

In his lone season with the Aggies, the second-team all-Mountain West selection ran for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the team in every major statistical rushing category in a year when the Aggies tied a program record with 11 wins and a 52-13 rout of North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl.

Thompson finished with the fourth-best single-season mark of 16 total touchdowns, and his 14 rushing scores is the sixth-best in Utah State history.

The news comes after Utah State also lost tight end Dax Raymond. The 6-foot-5 250-pound junior who prepped at Timpview High School announced prior to the Aggies’ bowl game that he was leaving early to enter the draft.

Raymond missed the entire 2016 season due to a back injury, but rebounded to earn all-Mountain West honorable mention honors a year later before finishing with 863 yards and three touchdowns.

“Thank you to all who have supported me and Aggie nation,” Raymond said at the time. “Your devotion does not go unnoticed.”

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