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Florida Gators tight end Jordan Reed to enter NFL draft

GAINESVILLE — Tight end Jordan Reed, the Gators' leading receiver this season, announced Friday that he is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft.

Reed caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns in being named to the All-SEC first team. He joins safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who announced their intentions to leave after Wednesday's Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville.

"I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL," Reed said in a statement.

"It's been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL, and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream," coach Will Muschamp said.

UF now has only four scholarship tight ends on its roster: junior Clay Burton, junior Tevin Westbrook, sophomore Kent Taylor and redshirt freshman Colin Thompson.

Two other juniors — defensive lineman Dominique Easley and linebacker Jelani Jenkins — are still considering entering the draft.

Georgia star LB to leave

ATHENS, Ga. — All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones announced he won't return to Georgia for his senior season, a decision expected almost as soon as he announced a year ago he was returning to the Bulldogs. He is projected to be one of the top picks after leading Division I-A with 14½ sacks, 24½ tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles despite missing two games with injuries. "I look forward to seeing what the next level holds for me," he said in a statement.

Others entering draft: Three LSU starters — safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware — and punter Brad Wing declared. Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh, a three-time All-Big East selection, and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, an All-Big Ten first-team selection this season, also declared.

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban has sent home freshman backup linebackers Dillon Lee and Ryan Anderson from the BCS championship game in Miami for violating curfew.

South Carolina: Doctors called starting QB Connor Shaw's surgery for sprained left foot successful, but he won't take part in spring workouts.

Montana to Tulane: Nick Montana, son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, signed a letter of intent with Tulane. He spent one season at Washington and one at Mount San Antonio junior college in Walnut, Calif. He can play in the fall and has two seasons of eligibility.

Florida Gators tight end Jordan Reed to enter NFL draft 01/04/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:19am]
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