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Georgia Tech loses WR Stephen Hill to the NFL

Stephen Hill,  Darius Robinson AP

Another post, another draft-eligible player leaving a season of college football on the table to make his way to pro ball.

This time around, it’s Georgia Tech on the receiving end of an early departure, with wide receiver Stephen Hill announcing Thursday that he will forego his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

“This was a life decision,” said Hill in a statement. “I came to the decision after talking with my family. I’m ready to move forward and work on getting better.

“I want to thank the coaching staff for helping me get to this level. I am thankful for Georgia Tech, my professors and definitely, the fans.”

In the Yellow Jackets’ run-heavy offense, the 6-5, 206-pound Hill recorded 820 receiving yards this season — on just 28 receptions.  His 29.3 yards per reception was far and away the top average in major college football; Fresno State’s Jalen Saunders was No. 2 at 21.3 ypc.

For his career, Hill totaled 49 receptions for 1,248 yards — 25.5 ypc —  and nine touchdowns.

“Stephen feels that he is ready for the NFL and I know that is a dream of his,” head coach Paul Johnson said. “I hope that he is drafted high and does well as a professional.”

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