FRESNO, Calif. - Behind the urging of his head coach, college football's leading rusher will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews reportedly made the decision after meeting with Bulldogs' head coach Pat Hill who urged his star to move on to the next level.
Matthews rushed for 1,808 yards and 19 touchdowns, despite missing almost two full games.
He carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards in a 52-14 loss at Nevada on November 14. He left the game with a concussion after getting drilled by Wolf Pack safety Jonathon Amaya. Matthews sat out the Bulldogs regular season finale the following week against Louisiana Tech.
The junior returned for the New Mexico Bowl last weekend and rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Fresno State's 35-28 loss to Wyoming in double-overtime. He was stopped on fourth and goal from the one on a crucial play in the first overtime of the game.