South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst will play his final game for the Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl on January 1st.
Hurst announced on Twitter Thursday he will forego his final year of eligibility at USC and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. The former baseball player will turn 25 when NFL teams start training camp, having stayed extra time in college following his transition to football.
The Gamecocks tight end earned 1st-Team All-Conference honors from the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press with 41 catches for 518 yards and three total touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing).
He already has secured the school records for receptions and receiving yards for a tight end (97 catches for 1,240 yards).
Hurst and the Gamecocks will face Michigan in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day at noon.