Three Pitt players opt for draft

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Three Pitt football players -- tailback Dion Lewis, receiver Jon Baldwin and fullback Henry Hynoski -- confirmed Monday that they are declaring for the NFL draft and will forgo their remaining college eligibility.

Lewis, a sophomore, rushed for 2,860 yards in just two seasons at Pitt, eclipsing former standout LeSean McCoy's school record for rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore.

"I believe my time here at the University of Pittsburgh under coach [Dave] Wannstedt's tutelage has prepared me extremely well for the demands awaiting me at the next level."

Baldwin, a junior and a two-time first-team All-Big East performer, finished the season with 53 catches for 822 yards and five touchdowns. His career receiving yardage total of 2,337 ranks sixth all time at Pitt, while his 128 receptions total ranks eighth.

Hynoski, also a junior, was Pitt's fullback the past two years. He rushed 12 times this season for 33 yards and caught 25 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown.

"After a long discussion with my close family members I feel that the current time is my best opportunity to fulfill my life-long dream of entering the NFL draft," Hynoski said, noting that he will earn his degree in business marketing in April.



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