Louisville star running back Javian Hawkins has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 college football season and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
After missing UofL’s matchup against Virginia this past weekend, Hawkins announced this morning that his time as a Cardinal was over.
“After much prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to opt out of the remaining 2020 season and begin preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft,” the Louisville star said in a statement. “Over the next few months, I will be finishing my semester at Louisville, while also preparing for the draft.
“My experience at Louisville has been nothing short of amazing. My teammates, coaches, professors and the entire Louisville family has prepared me for my next chapter in the NFL. I will forever be grateful to everyone who has contributed to my journey at Louisville.”
Thank You @vincetyra & @UofLPresNeeli for allowing me to showcase my talent here at big red! Toughest Decision I’ve had to make in a while, it has been nothing but a blessing and my heart will forever be here in Louisville ?????#L1C4? pic.twitter.com/YSQRuwsFdb
— hawK (@JavianHawkins) November 16, 2020
Hawkins, the team’s leading rusher with 822 yards and seven touchdowns, is the first running back in program history to rush for 1,500 yards in a single season (1,525, nine touchdowns in 2019).
A second-team preseason All-American by The Sporting News, Hawkins ends his career as Louisville’s 10th all-time leading rusher with 2,355 total yards.
On the year, Louisville now sits at 2-6 overall and 1-6 in conference play, good for No. 12 in the ACC. Only Florida State (2-6, 1-6) and Syracuse (1-7, 1-6) sit below the Cardinals in the standings.