Terps tight end Davis to declare for NFL draft

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland tight end Vernon Davis will
skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

"Maryland was a great place for me, a large part of my success
and ability to make the decision to leave early," Davis said
Tuesday. "I came a long way since I stepped in the door and I will
always have good memories of my time as a Terp."

Davis led Atlantic Coast Conference tight ends with 51
receptions in 2005. His 871 receiving was the fifth-best in school
history, and he scored six touchdowns.

He's the third Maryland football player in the last three years
to leave early for the draft, joining defensive tackle Randy Starks
and linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Davis participated in the evaluation service offered to
underclass players by the NFL, in which personnel directors and
scouts make an assessments of potential draft status. The
committee's recommendation was that Davis figures to be a
first-round selection.

"He is the best player I have had the privilege to coach,"
tight ends coach Ray Rychleski said. "We would have loved to have
him for another year, but I understand why he is going and we wish
him the best."