James Sample '50-50' on return to Louisville

University of Louisville junior safety James Sample, who led the Cardinals in tackles this season, said he is '50-50' on returning to school or entering the NFL Draft. Sample, who spend just one season at U of L, will discuss his decision with his father this week.

After leading the University of Louisville in tackles this season, junior safety James Sample said he's undecided if he will return to school for his final season.

Sample, who led the team with 14 tackles in the Belk Bowl loss to %%MATCH_4%%, said he's "50-50" on returning to U of L for a second season.

"It's a decision that I have to make when I go home and sit down and talk to my dad about it," Sample said. "It's a tough decision for me.

"Its really about my dad, if he feels like he wants me to stay then I will come back and play but if he wants me to come out then I will."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sample said he wants to be drafted in the second or third round but has been told he's likely in the fourth round or later.

"I just have to talk it over with my dad," Sample said. "It tough because with this decision, I'm kind of like what if I don't get drafted. Then I would be really mad that I didn't come back when I had an extra year."

Sample played two years at the University of Washington but didn't play a lot because of injuries. He played last fall at a junior college in California and just a week before fall camp began he found out he was eligible to play at U of L.

After arriving a few days before camp began, Sample was quick to pick up the defense and jump into the starting lineup for the Cardinals.

Sample finished with 90 tackles, including 74 unassisted. He was tied for second in the ACC with four interceptions and had eight pass breakups.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to file declaration papers with the NFL.

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