Posted on 7th Jan 2013 @ 8:16 PM
Heisman Trophy winner says he will return for his junior season. One report says Mark Sanchez will head to the NFL.
Los Angeles Times
By Gary Klein
January 15, 2009
The anxiety level around USC’s Heritage Hall ramped up this afternoon when Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford announced he would return to the Sooners for his junior season.
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has said that he would monitor the decisions of other top draft-eligible quarterbacks as he pondered whether to return to USC for his final season of eligibility or make himself available for the NFL draft. ESPN.com reported this evening that Mark Sanchez would elect to turn pro, though that was not confirmed by the school or Sanchez.
Thursday is the deadline to declare for the April draft.
Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, is the third high-profile quarterback to announce he was staying in school, possibly increasing the chances that Sanchez will opt to turn pro.
Texas’ Colt McCoy said during the season that he would back. Florida’s Tim Tebow and Bradford have since said they would remain in school.
If Mark Sanchez were to turn pro, he would probably be slotted behind Georgia’s Matthew Stafford, who announced this month that he would turn pro and is generally regarded as the top quarterback prospect in the draft.