Moats leaves after record-setting year

Updated: January 4, 2005, 2:38 PM ET

RUSTON, Louisiana -- Louisiana Tech running back Ryan Moats, who set single-season school records with 1,774 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, announced Tuesday he will skip his senior year to enter the upcoming NFL draft.

Moats opened the 2004 season with back-to-back 257-yard rushing games in wins over Nevada and Louisiana-Lafayette and gained national recognition with 236 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-21 win over Fresno State.

"Ryan Moats was a great running back for us and obviously a huge part of our success the past three years," Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell said. "We're sorry to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck with his professional career."

The Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Moats had five 200-yard rushing games overall in 2004, gaining 228 yards against Hawaii and 205 yards against Tulsa.

The 5-9, 205-pound Moats rushed for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore.