Arkansas football: Tight end Hunter Henry declares for NFL draft
Tight end Hunter Henry will forego his senior season at Arkansas and enter the NFL draft, according to a self-written letter published on the school's website.
The junior won the 2015 John Mackey Award given to the top college tight end and finished the season with 51 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns.
After a great deal of prayer, I've made the difficult decision to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Forever A Razorback » https://t.co/nQ7p4HavJI— Hunter Henry (@Hunter_Henry84) January 4, 2016
While his career stats are impressive (116 receptions for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns in three season at Arkansas), Henry will be most fondly remembered for his lateral on 4th-and-25 that set up a ridiculous fourth down converstion by running back Alex Collins. A few players later, Arkansas scored a touchdown and quarterback Brandon Allen ran in the two-point converstion go give the Razorbacks an improbable 53-52 overtime win over Ole Miss on Nov. 4.
Here's the rest of Henry's letter:
I have grown so much as a person and player these past three years at the University of Arkansas. I have enjoyed my experience more than I could have ever imagined.
As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL, I want to express my deepest thanks first and foremost to God for blessing me with the incredible opportunity to play football at the University of Arkansas.
I also want to thank Jeff Long and the entire athletic department, Coach Bielema, Coach Enos, Coach Lunney, my incredible teammates, my high school coach Kevin Kelley, and last but certainly not least, the entire Razorback Nation for giving this Little Rock native the experience of a lifetime.
I will deeply miss being a part of the Arkansas football team next year, but I will always be a part of the Razorback family!
I very much look forward to returning to Fayetteville to earn my degree and joining the rest of my family who are proud University of Arkansas graduates.
God Bless and Go Hogs!