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Duckett Enters NFL Draft

January 10, 2002

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ T.J. Duckett, Michigan State’s fifth-leading career rusher, is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound running back ran for 1,420 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior for the 7-5 Spartans. In three seasons, he rushed for 3,379 yards.

``The time has come for me to move on,″ Ducket said at a news conference on Thursday.

Duckett took advantage of a service provided by the NFL, which provides draft projections to underclassmen thinking about entering the draft. The NFL has informed Duckett that he’s likely a second-round pick.

Duckett will be among the top running backs in the draft along with UCLA’s DeShaun Foster, Miami’s Clinton Portis and Boston College’s William Green.

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