College Football

Hokies' McClease announces he's leaving for NFL Draft

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech running back Deshawn McClease says he's leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

McClease made the announcement Monday on Twitter.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound redshirt junior ran for 843 yards and seven touchdowns this season, including 126 yards and a touchdown in the Hokies' 37-30 loss to Kentucky in the Belk Bowl.

In his tweet, McClease thanked the coaching staff for playing "a major role in my transition from a boy to the man I am now."

Updated January 6, 2020

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