Indiana junior defensive tackle Darius Latham, a key piece of Indiana's defensive line, will forego his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft, according to a release from the program.
"Playing in the NFL has been a dream of mine, and I will put in the work and effort to make this dream come true," Latham said in a statement released by Indiana Athletics.
Despite missing a pair of games due to suspension, Latham still posted 33 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 11 games this season to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition. In the Pinstripe Bowl against Duke, he recorded his first career interception.
Latham, an Indianapolis native and North Central High School graduate, finished his career with 81 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Here is the rest of Latham's statement:
"Thank you to my parents and my family for their assistance during this process. Your prayers and support mean everything to me. You will always serve as my motivation, and without you I would not be in the position I am in right now.
I am especially thankful for the opportunity to have played and learned from Coach Wilson. He and the coaching staff not only made me a better player, but were focused on me as a complete person. I would also like to thank Coach Hill and the strength and conditioning team for helping me to get stronger and faster, and Christa Sist in Academics for keeping me focused and on top of my work.
I chose IU over other colleges because it was home, and I believed in what we could build here. We accomplished some good things and I will miss playing with my family, especially my D-line brothers. Indiana University is a special place and I am grateful to be a Hoosier for life. Go IU!"
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