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Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon declares for NFL

Star running back Joe Mixon announced that he wouldn’t be sticking around as a Sooner for much longer, The Oklahoman's Brooke Pryor reported.

He's heading to the 2017 NFL Draft.

Oklahoma's Joe Mixon (25) celebrates during the final minute of the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Auburn University Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Joe Mixon (25) celebrates during the final minute of the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Auburn University Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

"This morning I flew to Norman to let my coaches know that I am declaring for the 2017 NFL draft," he wrote. "More than anything, I wanted to let them know, in person, how grateful I am for the time they invested in my growth as a player and a person, for their mentorship on and off the field and for their faith in my capacity to grow into a young man who is worthy of the second chance that they gave me."

The polarizing player amassed 2,027 rushing yards on 300 carries and 894 receiving yards on 65 receptions in his two years with the Sooners.

#ICYMI

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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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