BYU running back Tyler Allgeier declares for NFL Draft

Allgeier ends his BYU career with nearly 3,000 rushing yards.

Brigham Young running back Tyler Allgeier (25) falls in to the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

BYU running back Tyler Allgeier has his sights set on the next level.

Allgeier announced on his social media accounts that he will not return to BYU in 2022 and instead enter the NFL Draft. Allgeier had been coy about when he would make his decision leading up to and even after the Cougars lost in the Independence Bowl.

“I have achieved my football goals at BYU and believe that I am ready for the next challenge,” Allgeier said in a message to fans. “This was not an easy decision for me, especially because of the wonderful people in Provo who have helped me along my journey.”

Allgeier ended the 2021 season as the program’s leader in rushing yards for a single season. In his time at BYU, he amassed 2,899 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. He also picked up 437 receiving yards.

Allgeier started his career with the Cougars as a walk-on and earned his way to a scholarship and BYU lore after going through a position change. In his social media message, he thanked coaches, teammates and fans alike for helping him get to where he is now.

“The last few years were exciting,” Allgeier said, “but I truly believe the best is yet to come.”