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For the second time this week, a top Texas Longhorn has decided he has played his last game. Texas safety DeShon Elliott announced via a statement through the school that he would be skipping the team’s bowl game to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his statement, Elliott said:

It was a very difficult decision that I put a lot of thought into. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for the support and all they’ve done to make an impact on my life. I really appreciate Coach Strong giving me the opportunity to play and grow as a player and person at Texas. Coach Herman has been amazing, and I’m really excited about what he’s building here. I know that Longhorn football is in good hands. Coach Naivar and our strength coach Yancy McKnight have helped me take my game to the next level, and because of that, I feel prepared to take this next step.

Elliott becomes the second Longhorn to declare he was entering the NFL Draft early. Junior offensive lineman Connor Williams announced his intentions on Monday.

2017 proved to be a breakout season for the junior from Rockwall, as he finished his season with 63 tackles, nine pass breakups, 8.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and three forced fumbles.

He is also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back. That award will be presented next Thursday night in New York City.

With Holton Hill suspended for the rest of the season, Texas will be without their top two playmakers in the secondary for their bowl game. The Longhorns will find out where they are playing on Sunday.
 

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