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LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill to Enter the NFL Draft

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) --  LSU running back Jeremy Hill announced Monday that will enter the 2014 NFL draft and not return for his junior season.

"I am a Tiger for life. I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me," Hill posted on his Twitter account before announcing his decision.

Hill is a draft-eligible sophomore who rushed for 1,041 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013 for the Tigers.  He rushed for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns in LSU's win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

He had his college career delayed one season due to criminal charges stemming from a relationship with a girl at his high school, which resulted in a misdemeanor plea and two years' probation.

The Baton Rouge native's departure opens the door for Leonard Fournette to compete for the starting job in 2014.  Fournette is a top running back prospect who recently committed to the Tigers.

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