Iowa junior running back Tyler Goodson announced Monday afternoon that he will forego his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Goodson earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors this season after rushing for 914 yards and seven touchdowns on 185 carries for an average of 4.9 yards per carrying. He also caught 44 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown against Penn State.
This season was a breakout for Tyler Goodson, who had 729 rushing at 3.7 yards per carrying over his first three years at Iowa. He averaged 2.5 catches per game entering 2018 before recording double-digit receptions in several games later in the year.
Tyler Goodson finishes his Hawkeye career with 2,697 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 584 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carrying.
“First and foremost, I want to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon my family and me,” Tyler Goodson said in a statement released on Twitter.
Coming to Iowa was one of my best decisions, and I have enjoyed every moment as a Hawkeye.
Thank you to the entire coaching staff for the guidance during my time at Iowa. You guys have pushed me to my limits, and I’m grateful for everything you’ve done for me.
Thank you for all the memories on and off the field to my teammates. I consider all of you brothers and will forever cherish the times we’ve shared.
Before I end this, I would like to give a special thank you to my mom for supporting me throughout my football career and helping make this possible.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me ahead. Go Hawks!”
Tyler Goodson ends his Iowa career ranked fourth all-time at Iowa in rushing yards behind Sedrick Shaw (3,482), Tavian Banks (3,172), and Ladell Betts (2,925).
He holds program titles as a member of the 2018 Big Ten West Division championship team and the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College.
Tyler Goodson was expected to play an integral role in Iowa’s offense this season, both running and catching passes out of the backfield after the departure of All-American Akrum Wadley. But an ankle injury suffered in fall camp slowed Goodson for several weeks, allowing freshman Mekhi Sargent to impress many by overtaking Goodson on the depth chart and leading Iowa with 1,146 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 200 carries before a knee injury ended his season earlier than anticipated.
True sophomore Toren Young is now atop Iowa’s backfield depth chart after rushing for 251 yards, and a touchdown on 35 carries with Tyler Goodson’s departure. Young was the leading rusher in the final week of the regular season with 97 carries for 487 yards and four touchdowns, .
With Tyler Goodson gone, Iowa’s 2019 roster will have only one running back listed in sophomore Jonathan Parker, who rushed for a combined 226 yards in 24 carries over nine games in consecutive seasons.
Goodson finishes his Hawkeye career with 2,697 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 584 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carrying.
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