Junior wide receiver Mario Urrutia (Louisville, Ky.) of the University of Louisville has decided to forgo his senior season and will declare for the National Football League Draft.
Urrutia, a 6-6 wideout from Fern Creek High School, finished his junior season third on the team with 35 receptions for 501 yards and three touchdowns despite missing two games due to injury. His best game in 2007 was a seven catch, 142-yard performance against Middle Tennessee.
Urrutia will declare for the NFL Draft.
"It's by far the toughest decision I*ve ever made," said Urrutia.
"Unfortunately, with missing time this season and playing injured I got to see football from a different perspective. You only have so much time to play this sport, and the 2008 draft is my opportunity. I will always be a Cardinal. Regardless which NFL city I have a chance to play in, I will always remain a Cardinal. Hopefully, I can bring some of these great fans over with me to my new team. I truly appreciate everything the coaches, administration and fans have done for me."
Urrutia, a red-shirt junior, played in 34 career games for the
Cardinals, recording 130 receptions for 2,271 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three seasons at U of L. Urrutia recorded eight 100-yard contests in his career, including a career-high 175 yards against Oregon State in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he caught 58 passes for 973 yards and six scores.
"I'm disappointed in Mario's decision to turn pro," said head coach
Steve Kragthopre. "I felt like he needed another year to work on his game. However, I wish Mario the best as he works toward his dream of playing in the National Football League."