Jordan Todman to enter NFL draft

Updated: January 2, 2011, 2:35 AM ET
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Connecticut did not only lose the biggest game in its history. The Huskies also lost their star running back.

Jordan Todman said after the game that he will declare for the NFL draft. Coach Randy Edsall said he is "100 percent behind" Todman's decision.

"I felt like it was the right time for me," Todman said.

Edsall congratulated Todman for his great career.

"He has made a difference in this program, made a huge difference," Edsall said.

Todman's announcement came after a performance by the Huskies that probably will not squelch the belief of many that Connecticut did not deserve to be in a BCS game.

The Huskies of the much-maligned Big East stayed with heavily favored Oklahoma for awhile, but could not slow, let alone stop, Landry Jones and the rest of the Sooners' offense in a 48-20 Fiesta Bowl loss Saturday night.

Connecticut gave up a season-high 524 yards, 429 of them on Jones' passing. The Huskies (8-5) did not get a touchdown from their offense. Their two TDs came on Dwayne Gratz's 46-yard interception return and Robbie Frey's 95-yard kickoff return.

In his final game for Connecticut, Todman managed 126 yards but needed 32 carries to get them, an average of 3.8 per carry, well below his regular-season average of 5.2.

"I feel like there was times when we could have done things to attack them better or just do better running the ball," he said. "But I did my best, and I'm sure my offensive line did, the wideouts did, and the coaching staff, we all did. We do what we can do, but we were going against tough competition."

The unanimous choice for Big East offensive player of the year, the junior tailback from North Dartmouth, Mass, finished with 15 career 100-yard rushing games, 10 of them this season. He had 1,700 yards rushing this season in 616 carries. He came into the game second nationally in yards per game at 120.9.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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