Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood announced Monday he is entering the NFL Draft, deciding against returning for a final year of eligibility.
The 6-foot, 215-pound senior, who did not play as a freshman, was second on the team this past season with 742 yards rushing on 114 carries, including 2 yards on four carries in a 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game. He sat out the first two games of the season after being suspended by coach Brian Kelly for violating team rules.
He rushed for 2,447 yards on 450 carries in three seasons as the Irish, finishing seventh on Notre Dame's all-time list. His 5.4 yards per carry is the most for any Irish back with that many carries. His best season was in 2011, when he led the Irish with 1,102 yards rushing on 217 carries. He rushed for a career-high 191 yards in a game against Purdue in 2011.
Wood, who has a 1-year-old daughter, said it wasn't an easy decision.
''I had to weigh many factors over the last month, but ultimately it came dow...