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OU’s Mark Andrews declares for NFL Draft

Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews has played his final game in a Sooners jersey. The redshirt junior has declared for the NFL draft. He did so via his Twitter account leaving a long message for Sooner fans.

“I can thank my grandfather for my love of the Oklahoma Sooners. As a child, I would watch games with him and my grandmother and hear all about the success of his beloved alma mater. Getting a scholarship offer to play for the University of Oklahoma was a dream come true for me and my family. My four years in Norman have been among the best of my life. I have loved representing the Sooners on the field and have grown as a man off of it. After much consideration and discussion with my family and coaches, I have chosen to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. I will miss my teammates, coaches, and friends on campus, but I am excited for this next step.

Thank you to Coach Stoops, Coach Riley, Coach Kish, Coach Gundy, and the rest of the OU staff for your wisdom and guidance through the past four years. It was an honor to play for you. Schmitty, Matt, Mike and our whole training and equipment team do a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and I appreciate all of your effort and dedication. Arguably the highlight of my time in Norman was playing with a group of guys who became much more than just teammates to me. These are brothers, whose relationships will last throughout the years. Sooner Nation fans are the best in the country and I appreciate your passion and support. I enjoyed learning from my professors and academic staff, and I am committed to completing my degree from this great university in the near future. Finally, thank you to my parents, brothers and sister for the love, guidance and many trips from Arizona to cheer me on. Though I will be playing on Sundays next fall, I look forward to my new role as fan of the Sooners on Saturdays. I will be an Oklahoma Sooner for life,” Andrews wrote.

Andrews won the Mackey Award which is given to college football’s top tight end. Andrews finishes his career at Oklahoma with 112 receptions for 1765 yards and 22 touchdowns.

The Arizona native narrowly missed a thousand yard receiving season in 2017. He did, however, double his receptions from 2016.

Andrews is projected as a first or second round prospect in April’s NFL draft.