Stewart, who rushed for Ducks-record 1,722 yards, to enter NFL draft

Updated: January 11, 2008, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart will pass up his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

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The school confirmed Stewart's decision. A news conference was scheduled for later Friday.

A 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior, Stewart ran for a school-record 1,722 yards, averaging 132.5 yards a game, in leading Oregon to a 9-4 record. He scored 11 touchdowns on the ground and caught two TD passes.

He ran for 253 yards in Oregon's 56-21 victory over South Florida in the Sun Bowl. The Ducks finished 9-4 and ranked No. 23 in the final Associated Press poll.

Stewart was highly recruited out of Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash., where he ran for 7,755 yards and 95 touchdowns.

Jamaal Charles of Texas, Mike Hart of Michigan, Mike Forte of Tulane and Ray Rice of Rutgers are among the running backs in this year's draft.

West Virginia's Steve Slaton and Arkansas' Darren McFadden, a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up, have not yet announced their intentions.

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