Utah State’s Darwin Thompson declares for 2019 NFL draft

Utah State running back Darwin Thompson (5) shoots through an opening in the Hawaii defense and runs in for a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

After just one year at Utah State, junior running back Darwin Thompson is making the next step in his football career.

Thompson, who was the leading rusher for the Aggies in 2018, will forgo his senior year and declare for the 2019 NFL draft, he announced Thursday.

“I have spent a lot of time weighing all options for my future, receiving advice from my family and coaches throughout the process,” Thompson said in a news release. “I have come to the decision to leave school and enter the 2019 NFL draft. Your support has meant everything to me and I’m excited to represent all my Aggies at the next level!”

Thompson amassed 1,044 rushing yards on 153 carries during the season and added 14 touchdowns. He led the Aggies in all three categories. He was also a capable receiver, ending his junior year with 351 receiving yards on 23 catches.

“Darwin and his family believe moving on is best for him and his future,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said in the release. “We will support Darwin in his quest to play in the NFL and wish him all the best moving forward.”