Alumni enter NFL draft

Robby Killette , Sports Editor

 

Two alumni will be entering the 2014 NFL draft on May 8.

Aaron Murray, who was the starting quarterback in the 07-08 and 08-09 seasons. . Murray had a total of 6,331 passing yards, 84 passing touchdowns and only 12 interceptions in his career. Murray was injured and was unable to finish the last seven games of the regular season in 2008. He also made an impact on the ground with 1,189 rushing yards and 14 rushing touch- downs.

The 205 lb, 6’1 quarterback went on to play at the University of Georgia for four years. Then he broke multiple SEC records for most passing yards and most touchdowns in a career with 13,166 yards and 121 touchdowns. His other rewards and accomplishments include being named the 2013 Capital One Bowl MVP and a 2012 3rd-team All American. Murray is projected to be drafter between the third and fifth rounds.

The other hopeful draftee is former running back/linebacker James Wilder Jr. In Wilder’s two-years career (09-10 and 10-11) at Plant, he ran for 2,617 yards and 37 touchdowns and racked up 113 tackles and 27 sacks while on defense. Many colleges recruited Wilder for both positions, but he decided to go to Florida State University as a running back instead of linebacker. At FSU, he totaled 1,363 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns while splitting carries with a handful of other backs during his three years in college. One of Wilder’s greatest college achievements was being names the 2012 ACC Championship game MVP.

Wilder declared for the draft this offseason and decided to leave early and declare as a junior. He is projected to be selected in the latter half of the draft. “It’s a true blessing to be able to have the opportunity to play in the NFL; the percentile is less than one percent for high school to NFL,” WIlder said.

The Draft will be held in New York City at Radio City Music Hall and broadcasted on ESPN and NFL Network.