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Texas' Thomas leaves school early

Updated: January 8, 2010, 10:43 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas All-America safety Earl Thomas is leaving school after his sophomore season to enter the NFL draft.

Thomas announced his decision Friday night, nearly 24 hours after Texas lost to Alabama 37-21 in the BCS championship game.

Thomas, a Thorpe Award finalist, set a Texas record with eight interceptions this season.

"It was a tough decision because we're like brothers here," Thomas said in a statement released by Texas. "The last two years the team has done ...

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