GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 4 Florida is losing at least three underclassmen to the NFL.
Tight end Jordan Reed, the team’s leading receiver this season, declared for the NFL draft Friday. He joined safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as Florida players skipping their senior season.
Reed, a junior from New London, Conn., had 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns this season. He was a first-team, All-SEC selection by The Associated Press.
“I’ve enjoyed four good years at Florida, but I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL,” Reed said in a statement released by the school.
Floyd and Elam announced their intentions following a 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night. Defensive end Dominique Easley said he was unsure about his plans.
LSU’s Reid, Simon, Wing,
Ware headed to NFL draft
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU says safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing say they are entering the NFL draft.
Those decisions mean the Tigers will lose at least three defensive regulars, with linebacker Kevin Minter also having informed the school he’d be leaving this week.
Reid and Minter both were named AP second-team All-America for 2012.
Simon was a starter who had four interceptions this season.
Ware has been a productive running back for the Tigers for three seasons, scoring 12 career touchdowns and also passing for a score.
Wing, an Australian, has been among the top college punters the past two seasons, but was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules during LSU’s 25-24 loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Georgia LB Jarvis
Jones heading to pros
ATHENS, Ga. — After returning to Georgia for the chance to win a championship, All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones is headed to the pros.
Jones informed the school Friday that he won’t be returning for his senior season, a decision that was expected almost as soon as he announced a year ago that he was returning to the Bulldogs. He is projected to be one of the top picks in the NFL draft after leading the nation with 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for losses and seven forced fumbles, even while missing two games with injuries.
“This has been a difficult decision, and one that I have talked over with my family and coaches,” Jones said in a statement released by the school. “I think this decision comes at the right time for me and my family and I look forward to seeing what the next level holds for me. Go Dogs!”
Jones wasted no time making a decision, announcing his plans just three days after a 45-31 victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Georgia native started his career at Southern Cal, but sustained a neck injury during his freshman year. He transferred back home, sat out a season, then joined the Bulldogs in 2011.
He started all 26 games he played over the last two seasons and finished with 28 sacks, the third most in school history. He also had 44 tackles behind the line, 155 total tackles, nine forced fumbles and an interception.
“I will always appreciate the chance Georgia gave me after my injury at Southern Cal,” Jones said. “There is nothing like the Bulldog fans and I will forever be proud to wear the ‘G.’”
After leading the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for losses (19.5) as a third-year sophomore, Jones could have entered the draft. But he and several other top defensive players, including safety Baccari Rambo, opted to stay for another season, hoping to lead the Bulldogs to a championship.