Arkansas' Luigs seeks NFL feedback, but likely will return

Updated: December 15, 2007, 1:23 AM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs is trying to learn more about his NFL prospects, but his father says he's inclined to return as a Razorback for his senior season.

"Right now he's leaning toward coming back, but he's just keeping his options open just in case," Gary Luigs said Friday night. "He's concentrating on the bowl game."

Jonathan Luigs was this year's recipient of the Rimington Trophy, given to college football's top center.

College players can complete forms that are submitted to an NFL advisory committee, which estimates where a player might be taken in the draft.

Luigs, listed at 307 pounds and 6-foot-4 at the beginning of this season, redshirted his first season at Arkansas in 2004 after being recruited from Pulaski Academy at Little Rock, so he has another year of college eligibility left.

"We're getting evaluated by the NFL to see where he might be projected to go in the draft -- and make a decision from there," Gary Luigs said. "He graduated this week, actually. ... I figure that's as big an accomplishment as anything he's done."

The Arkansas media guide says Luigs was pursuing a degree in transportation and logistics in the UA College of Engineering.

The Razorbacks face Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. Junior tailbacks Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are also considered candidates to turn pro -- so Luigs is not the only underclassman who might have to weigh his options.

"He's taken some preliminary steps," Gary Luigs said. "That's about it. As far as really getting into it and really researching it, no, we haven't done that sort of thing -- because we're anticipating coming back and playing his senior year."

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