And another Hog makes three

Arkansas junior cornerback Ahmad "Batman" Carroll has announced that he will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and has made himself available for the 2004 National Football League Draft, the school's web-site is reporting.

Carroll released the following statement on the school's site; "I feel that it is the right time to enter the NFL draft," Carroll said. "I have enjoyed my time at Arkansas and appreciate the opportunity that (Head Football) Coach (Houston) Nutt, (Head Track and Field) Coach (John) McDonnell and (Sprints and Hurdles) Coach (Lance) Brauman have given me to be a part of the Razorback program. It has always been my dream to play at the next level. I know that I will need to continue to improve my game, but I believe that it is in my best interest to move forward with my football career."

Carroll earned 43 tackles and a team-high three interceptions this season for the Razorbacks. The first-team All-SEC selection also racked up six tackles for loss (-19), seven pass deflections and five quarterback hurries in his junior campaign. In his three-year career at Arkansas, Carroll started 31 games and garnered 145 tackles, 29 pass deflections and four interceptions.

Carroll also competed in track and field for Arkansas during his collegiate tenure. A sprinter for McDonnell's national championship Razorbacks, Carroll became the first UA athlete to capture All-America honors in both the 100 and 200 meters last spring. He also became the first Razorback football player, since Clyde Scott in 1948, to earn points at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Carroll joins tight end Jason Peters and corner Lawrence Richardson who announced their eligibility for the draft last week.

TFY Analysis: Carroll has tremendous size/speed numbers and as his reputation lends, is a great athlete. That said he still needs a lot of work at cornerback and is far from the finished product. Right now you're looking at a late second round choice yet had he returned to school for another season, Carroll may have been headed into the first frame in 2005.

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