College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Texas A&M junior offensive tackle Luke
Joeckel announced Tuesday that he is foregoing his final year of eligibility
to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Joeckel, a consensus All-America lineman and winner of the 2012 Outland
Trophy, started all 39 games of his Aggie career.
"This was a very difficult decision for me," Joeckel said. "I have thought
long and hard and visited with my family and coaches. I feel it is in my best
interest to come out. I appreciate all that Texas A&M has done for me and my
family. It is tough to leave a great group of coaches and players, including
my twin brother Matt. I know they will have a great season in 2013 and I will
remain their biggest fan."
The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder picked up All-SEC honors this season and was awarded
with the conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
"Luke is projected to be one of the top players selected in the overall
draft," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We appreciate everything he has
done for Aggie football and Texas A&M and wish him well in the NFL."
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