Utah State star linebacker David Woodward declares for NFL Draft

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) David Woodward has announced that he'll forgo one last year at Utah State to pursue his NFL dreams.

Jordan Love isn’t the only Utah State football player looking to try his luck at the next level.

Star linebacker David Woodward announced Monday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches and friends who have helped me during my football career,” Woodward said in a statement. “After spending four great years at Utah State University it is time for me to move on and chase my dream of playing professional football.”

Woodward also took to Twitter, much like Love did, to thank the USU fans, his teammates and coaches. He wrote that he will cheer on his teammates at the Frisco Bowl this Friday.

Woodward suffered a season-ending injury on Oct. 19. Despite not having played since then, he still leads the Aggies with 93 tackles and four forced fumbles. His best game was the season opener against Wake Forest when he recorded 24 tackles, the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.

Woodward finishes his Utah State career with 256 tackles, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also recored 8 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his time with the Aggies.

“David Woodward is a tremendous football player and he gave everything he had to the program and his teammates during his time here,” coach Gary Andersen said. “David will be successful in whatever he chooses to do in life.”