Huskers running back to pass up senior season

Updated: January 16, 2007, 3:02 AM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson will pass up his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Jackson played sparingly in the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl against Auburn after breaking his right hand in the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma. He had 989 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in 2006, earning All-Big 12 honors.

"My decision was not based on the last game of the season," Jackson said Monday in a statement. "It was based on the opportunity in front of me to play at the next level in the NFL."

Jackson rushed for at least 100 yards in four games last season. He also caught 33 passes for 313 yards.

"I want to thank him for his contributions to the Nebraska football program and we wish him nothing but the best in the future," coach Bill Callahan said. "We were hopeful that he would choose to stay at Nebraska to complete his eligibility and, most importantly, continue to pursue his college degree."

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