Marion Barber III Declares for NFL Draft

Junior running back Marion Barber III, who ranks third all-time in school history for career rush yards (3,276) and teamed with sophomore Laurence Maroney to become the first pair of players to each rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, announced at a media conference today that he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Marion Barber III joined Laurence Maroney in the 1,000-yard club for the second straight season by rushing for 167 yards against Iowa in the season finale, placing him at 1,082 yards for the season. Barber is fourth in the Big Ten in rushing and 29th in the nation, averaging 98.4 yards per game. Barber and Maroney became the first duo in NCAA history to each rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

Barber tallied 187 yards on 37 carries with one touchdown and was named the Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player in leading the Gophers to a 20-16 victory over the Crimson Tide.

Barber rushed 231 times for 1,269 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.

"I would like to thank you all for your support and as Coach Mason said, we have been going through a very informative process," Barber said. "We have gone through all the various scenarios to help me decide what I am going to do. I have decided that I do want to enter myself into the NFL draft for the coming year."

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