Arkansas star RB Alex Collins declares for 2016 NFL Draft

Alex Collins (USATSI)
Arkansas' star running back Alex Collins is headed to the NFL. (USATSI)

Arkansas star junior running back Alex Collins has declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. Collins set a school record with 20 rushing touchdowns in 2015 and was 12th in the nation in rushing yards per game. 

Coming into the season, Arkansas expected to have one of the nation's top running back tandems in Collins and senior Jonathan Williams, but after Williams suffered a season-ending injury in camp, Collins had to carry the load for the Razorbacks. 

On the season, Collins had 271 carries for 1,577 yards in addition to his 20 touchdowns, and he showed out in a major way during his final game -- Arkansas' bowl victory over Kansas State. 

Collins is rated as the No. 3 running back in the 2016 NFL Draft and 60th player overall on CBS Sports' prospect rankings.

To announce his decision to leave for the NFL, Collins penned an open letter to Arkansas fans. A portion of that letter is below.

For the past week, I have spent my days and nights with much prayer trying to decide my future at the University of Arkansas. [...]

I also see a future in the NFL as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

After much prayer and discussion with the people who love me, I have made the decision to enter the NFL Draft. [...]

Lastly, there is no way to truly express how thankful I am for the love and support Arkansas fans have given me during the past three years. Without a doubt there are no better college fans than Hogs fans.

CBS Sports Writer

Robby Kalland covers college football and golf for CBS Sports; he also dabbles in boxing, mixed martial arts and other sports. Prior to joining CBS in 2015, Robby spent time working for the Atlanta Hawks,... Full Bio

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