One of the most productive wide receivers in not only the Pac-12 but the country won’t get the opportunity to repeat that success, at least collegiately, in 2017.
Both the football program and the player confirmed that Chad Hansen will forego his senior season at Berkeley and enter the April NFL draft. A former walk-on after beginning his career at Idaho State, the redshirt junior made his decision to move on following a breakthrough 2016 season that saw him set career-highs in every major receiving category.
“Chad played a significant role in our offensive success last season and was certainly one of the top receivers in the nation,” head coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “He has worked hard to put himself in this position, and I know it wasn’t an easy decision for him to make. We’re certainly going to miss Chad, but I’m excited for him and this opportunity. He has a skill set that will translate well to the NFL.”
Coming into this most recent season with 19 receptions for 249 yards and a touchdown, Hansen led the Bears with a stat line that read 92-1,249-11. He currently ranks third nationally in receptions per game (9.2) and fourth in receiving yards per game (124.9).
Multiple media outlets, including the Associated Press and Phil Steele, named him first-team All-Pac-12 after the regular season.
Below is Hansen’s full statement on his departure.
After serious consideration and countless discussions with my family, teammates and coaches, I have decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Competing in the NFL has always been among my highest goals and I believe the time to pursue this opportunity is now. This was an extremely difficult decision to make – my time at Cal has been amazing. I would like to thank the University of California, Berkeley for providing the best education in the country. I’d also like to thank coach Dykes, coach Spavital and our entire football staff for believing in me and preparing me for this next step. I thank my teammates for the memories and friendships that we have created together. And thank you to everyone who has stood by Cal football and provided us such great support. I will never forget the experiences and I am extremely grateful for everything I have gained during my time at Cal. Go Bears!