Junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen has decided to forgo his final year as a Trojan football player and make himself eligible for the NFL, the school announced Saturday.
Allen started making waves midway through the 2013 season, and ran for 100 yards or more in 13 of USC’s past 19 games.
He made the All-Pac-12 first team with an average all-purpose yardage of 149.8 yards per game this past season, and his streak of six 100-yard-plus games was the longest since Marcus Allen had 11 in a row in 1981.
“It was a tough decision for me,” Allen said. “I went home to Florida and talked it over with my family” before coming to a decision.
Allen was the second high-profile Trojan to turn pro this month.
USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor and defensive lineman Leonard Williams previously announced they would enter the NFL draft.
Coach Steve Sarkasian thanked Allen for his contribution to the USC program.
“He is not only a good football player, but a fine young man,” Sarkasian said. “We are grateful for what he did at USC.”