Coach: Wisconsin back Calhoun to enter draft
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin tailback Brian Calhoun told his high school coach he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on its Web site Monday.
A second-team All-America selection, Calhoun helped the Badgers to a 10-3 record in Barry Alvarez's final season as coach. Alvarez is staying on as athletic director at Wisconsin, but defensive coordinator Bret Bielema is taking over as head coach.
Calhoun, who sat out the 2004 season after transferring from Colorado, capped his season by running for 213 yards and a touchdown Jan. 2 in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., where Wisconsin beat Auburn 24-10.
Joe Koch, who was Calhoun's coach at Oak Creek High School, said the running back carefully studied his options before personally informing Bielema of his decision on Monday.
"He wanted to be sure Coach Bielema heard it from him," Koch said.
He said the 5-foot-10, 194-pound Calhoun expects to be picked no later than the second round of the draft but won't mind being picked later than that.
"He said his dream is to be in the NFL and as long as he's got his foot in the door he knows he'll prove himself," Koch said.
Calhoun carried 348 times for 1,636 yards this season and caught 53 passes for 571 yards. He ran for 22 touchdowns and caught two TD passes.
Calhoun was expected to hold a news conference in Madison on Thursday.
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