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Rebels’ backup running back declares early for NFL draft

Bradley Randle rushed for a team-leading nine touchdowns and a career-high 635 yards in 2012

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UNLV players Doug Zismann and Bradley Randle leave the field after UNLV’s game against New Mexico at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. UNLV beat New Mexico 35-7.

UNLV running back Bradley Randle will forgo his senior season to enter his name into the 2013 NFL draft, the school said Saturday.

Randle led the team with nine touchdowns and accumulated a career-high 635 rushing yards while backing up fellow junior Tim Cornett. Randle also caught eight passes for 80 yards.

“I’m looking forward to graduating this semester and going to the next level,” Randle said. “I want to thank the UNLV fans. I had a lot of fun.”

Randle shared co-Offensive Player of the Year honors with Cornett after last season. He’s the third Rebel in school history to leave early for the NFL draft, and he’s one of a record-high 73 underclassmen to enter the draft early this year. The requirements to enter the draft are that a player be out of high school at least three years and must submit a written application in which he renounces his remaining eligibility.

Randle, a Murrieta, Calif., native, recorded his first and only 100-yard rushing game as a collegian in the Rebels’ victory against New Mexico last fall. He finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

The other Rebels who left early were defensive back Eric Wright (2007) and defensive lineman Jeremy Geathers (2008). Wright was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Browns and just finished his sixth NFL season, this one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Geathers went undrafted, then signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

The NFL draft is April 25-27.

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  1. WOW! Didn't see this coming at all. Loved watching Randle and his toughness. Hope the NFL works out for him. Wonder if he was getting interest that no one was hearing about. I guess if football doesn't work out he could still try his hand at baseball. Regardless...Good luck Mr. Randle.

  2. Guess he's tired of the college life?!?! CFL maybe.....NFL draft? Not a shot.

    Might get FA try out, but doubt he see's even a pre season game......but give it a shot, stranger & longer odds have happened!

  3. Why? Could not just transfer to a D1AA and start showing what he could do? Is this the tough player that the Rebels need to have on their team? Is there any wonder why this team has lost so often when you have reserve running back thinking that they could be drafted and not just transfer to actually show that they xould lead a team at any level?

  4. He'll be fine Good luck. I liked the way you ran when given the opportunity. One cut then go throw in the jitterbug moves and I saw you lay some lumber.
    Good Luck
    come back and watch us in the new stadium on the sidelines.

  5. who advised him on this !!!!! wont get drafted but might be a free agent if you dont get invited to the combine you dont have much of a chance . but i dont blame him .why suffer through another 2 or 3 win season with a hauck coached team unlv football is going to be bad next year

  6. I'm surprised he went early. I thought Cornett might leave early, but I never thought Randle would.