Jan. 14, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy is passing up his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

McCoy broke several of Tony Dorsett's records at Pitt, and is leaving after two seasons with the Panthers. McCoy led Pitt to a 9-4 record and Sun Bowl appearance this season.

He told coach Dave Wannstedt of his decision in a phone call Wednesday.

Losing McCoy is a major setback to Pitt, which played in its first bowl game and had its first winning record in four seasons largely because of McCoy's running and a strong defense.

NFL scouts project McCoy as a late first round to early second round pick.