Hamlin Makes Himself Eligible for the NFL Draf
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior free safety Ken Hamlin has announced that he will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and has made himself available for the 2003 National Football League Draft.
“I want to say the last couple of weeks have been pretty hard,” Hamlin said at an afternoon press conference. “My family and I sat down and tried to contemplate on the different moves that I could make and listening to everything that was going on. I’m just trying to go on and see what is next to me. Coach Nutt and the University of Arkansas have been real good to me, and I love Arkansas.
“I have always had the desire to go on to the next level. So with that in mind, I have chosen to enter myself into the NFL draft.”
Hamlin finished his collegiate career as the Razorbacks’ all-time leading tackler with 381 tackles. He was selected to the College Football News.com first-team All-America squad this season after recording 159 tackles. The Memphis, Tenn., product was also a consensus first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection this season.
“I want to wish Ken Hamlin the best in his future on and off the football field,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I encouraged him to consider the many benefits of staying at the University of Arkansas for his senior season, but I respect the decision that he and his family have made regarding his final year of eligibility.
“I have strongly urged him to return to the University of Arkansas and finish his degree in the near future. He was on target to graduate next fall. I am grateful to Ken for his contributions to our program and wish him the best”
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