FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior defensive end Jamaal Anderson will enter his name into consideration for the National Football League Amateur draft it was announced by Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt on Sunday.
Anderson has chosen to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility to pursue professional football. In 2006, the Little Rock, Ark., native earned first-team All-SEC honors and honorable mention All-America honors for the Razorbacks. He finished sixth on the squad with 65 tackles and led the SEC in sacks (13.5 – 95 yards) and ranked second in the league in tackles for loss (19.5 – 108 yards). Anderson led the team with 26 quarterback hurries and finished a half-sack short of tying the UA single season record for sacks (14) held by Henry Ford (1993) and Steven Conley (1995).
“Jamaal has decided to pursue his football future in the National Football League (NFL). While we would’ve liked to have him in a Razorback uniform for his senior season, we wish Jamaal and his family nothing but the best in his professional career. Jamaal is an excellent student-athlete and an excellent role model. We talked to him long and hard about this decision. While we would love to have him join us for one more year, I understand when you have the capability to be a first-round draft pick that is difficult to turn down. We wish him and his family all of the best.”