Nash to enter NFL draft

Recently departed Mizzou tailback, Damien Nash, has taken the formal steps necessary to enter the 2005 NFL draft one year early.

Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri junior tailback Damien Nash has completed his paperwork and will officially enter the 2005 National Football League Draft. Nash, a native of St. Louis, Mo., has received enough positive feedback with league experts to encourage him to go forward with his professional aspirations.

Nash rushed for 1,254 yards in the last two seasons at Mizzou, and was MU's leading rusher in 2004, with 792 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 5.0 yards per rush in his two-year Tiger career, and had 12 rushing touchdowns and added 36 receptions out of the backfield for 281 yards and two scores in his career. He decided to leave the program to pursue a potential professional career just after MU's season-ending win against Iowa State.

"I'm excited about the chance to play in the NFL," said Nash. "I've always had that as a dream and I'm looking forward to doing everything I can over the next few months to make it a reality," he said.

Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel said that he was pleased for his former tailback. "Damien is a very talented football player and I think he's got the ability to play at the next level," he said. "I always view this as a positive situation, especially when someone looks into it properly and does it the right way," said Pinkel. "We wish him the best and will do everything we can to continue to assist him however possible," he said.

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