Savoy joins QB Smith in draft

Updated: January 10, 2005, 11:09 PM ET
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Utah: Receiver Steve Savoy will follow quarterback Alex Smith out of Utah and into the NFL Draft, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

"I'm going," he told The Tribune on Sunday.

Savoy said Sunday that he opted to turn pro last Friday, three days after Smith's announcement.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham issued a statement later saying nothing was final.

"Steve and I are still in discussions about his future. I will comment further once he makes a definite decision," Whittingham said.

Savoy said he has hired an agent and expects to be chosen in the first three rounds of the draft on April 23 in New York City.

Despite being just a sophomore, Savoy, 22, has been out of high school for more than three years after going to a prep school and redshirting his first season at Utah.

Virginia: All-American Heath Miller of Virginia, who rewrote the ACC record book for tight ends in only three years, is giving up his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

"This has been a very difficult decision for me," Miller said in a statement Monday. "However, I believe I am prepared as a player and as a person to enter the 2005 NFL draft."

The, 6-foot-5, 255-pounder led the Atlantic Coast Conference in receptions by a tight end in each of his three seasons, highlighted by 70 catches for 835 yards and six touchdowns in 2003. This season, he had 41 catches for 541 yards and five touchdowns and became just the second Cavalier to earn unanimous All-America honors. Offensive tackle Jim Dombrowski was the other, in 1985.

Mississippi: Center Chris Spencer is leaving school early to enter April's NFL draft.

Spencer, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior, was a two-year starter and an honorable mention selection to the Associated Press all-SEC team. He said he was projected as a second-round pick in the draft.

"This was a tough decision, but one I felt I needed to make after getting the facts from the NFL," Spencer said. "I'll miss my teammates, but Ole Miss will always be a part of me."

Temple: Quarterback Walter Washington will leave the school early to enter the NFL draft.

Washington, a second-team All Big East selection, ran for 15 touchdowns during his junior season and led the conference in total offense with 3,096 yards. He finished fourth on Temple's career list in total yards (4,940), ninth in yards passing (3,472) and 12th in rushing (1,468).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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