Texas’ Bijan Robinson Entering NFL Draft


University of Texas running back Bijan Robinson | Image by Sports Illustrated

University of Texas star running back Bijan Robinson is entering the 2023 NFL Draft and skipping the 2022 Alamo Bowl.

Robinson announced his decision in an interview with reporters on Monday morning and in a video message to the Texas community, which he posted on Twitter.

“I am declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft,” he said in the video. “Even though this chapter’s coming to an end, this journey’s not over. I’m always going to be a Longhorn; I bleed burnt orange. Thanks, Longhorn Nation, for everything. Hook ’em.”

Robinson rushed for 1,894 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, becoming the fourth Texas running back to win the Doak Walker Award — given annually to the nation’s top running back.

He ran for over 200 yards in two games this season and closed his career with a 179-yard, two-touchdown performance against Baylor.

The junior running back had one more year of eligibility remaining but has already claimed his place in Longhorn lore.

Robinson finishes with 3,410 career rushing yards, fourth-most in Texas history behind Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson, and Earl Campbell, and 41 total touchdowns, also fourth-most in team history — doing so in three years while the others played four.

He is 20th in career rushing yards in Big 12 Conference history.

Robinson is considered a possible first-round prospect in April’s draft class and may be the first running back selected.

Robinson’s decision comes just a day after linebacker DeMarvion Overshown also announced his intentions to enter the draft and skip the bowl game in an Instagram post.

“It has been an honor to be the first Longhorn football player to wear number zero,” Overshown wrote. “I hope I lived up to such an honor, as I gave all of me every time I put on the burnt orange and white. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life…It’s now the time in my journey to fulfill another dream, playing in the NFL.”

Overshown, a fifth-year senior, finished second on the team with 95 tackles this season and was a consistent presence on the Longhorns’ defense for the last three years.

The No.20-ranked Longhorns face No.12 Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Thursday, December 29.

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