MURFREESBORO, Tenn., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Junior running back ReShard Lee of Middle Tennessee State says he will enter the NFL draft in 2002.
The decision to make himself available to the NFL means he will forego his remaining college illegibility. He was not in school when the spring semester began Wednesday, according to the Daily Journal of Murfreesboro, Tn.
"I'm very thankful we had the opportunity to coach ReShard," Coach Andy McCollum told the paper. "I want the best for him and his family. I want him to go on and represent Middle Tennessee well, and I hope he comes back and finishes his degree in the future."
The native of Brunswick, Ga., who started one game at quarterback in 2002 and also returned kickoffs, is the first athlete in the school's history in any sports to leave for the pros.
In his career, the 5-10, 227-pounder rushed for 1,432 yards, and averaged 6.6 yards per carry. He was a first team selection by the Sun Belt Conference.
The paper said Lee has retained the services of agent Harell Lewis with National Sports Agency in St. Louis, and will spend the next five weeks working out at a sports complex in Atlanta preparing for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.