Pryor declares for draft; Mauldin will return

University of Louisville junior safety Calvin Pryor announced that he is declaring for the NFL Draft, while junior defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin will return for his senior season. Cardinal Authority has the lowdown on both decisions announced on Sunday evening.

Just after recording six tackles in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday night, University of Louisville junior safety Calvin Pryor talked like a player who had played his last game for the Cardinals.

"I have to make the best decision for me and for my family," Pyror said after the 36-9 win over Miami in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

On Sunday night, Pryor announced via his Instagram account that he was skipping his senior season and declaring for the NFL Draft. He had until Jan. 15 to make his decision.

"My experience here in the Ville was truly amazing," Pryor wrote. "After talking with my coaches and family, I've decided to declare for the draft. It's the best decision for me and my family. Thank you all."

Pryor, a second-team All-American by Athlon's, finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups.

In three seasons, Pryor finished with 218 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, two sacks, seven interception and nine forced fumbles. He started 32 of the 38 games he played in at U of L.

U of L did receive some better news about an hour after Pryor announced when junior defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin announced he was returning to U of L for his senior season.

Mauldin finished the season with 12 sacks and has 19 sacks for his career.

U of L has not confirmed either announcement. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to announce his decision in the coming days.

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