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North Carolina QB Sam Howell to enter NFL draft

Sep 7, 2019; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell (7) celebrates after leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to a 28-25 win over the Miami Hurricanes at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Howell threw 92 touchdown passes in his three seasons at North Carolina.

The 21-year-old hopes that his next big pass is in the NFL.

Howell announced Saturday that he plans to forego his senior season with the Tar Heels and enter the NFL draft. He posted a video on social media expressing his intentions for the upcoming year, along with a salute to his college teammates, coaches and fans.

“I’ll forever be grateful for my time here at Carolina and for all the people who made it so special,” Howell said.

The North Carolina native completed 62.5 percent of his passes this season for 3,056 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also had 183 carries for 828 yards and 11 scores on the ground.

Howell is projected as a possible first-round draft pick.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Howell as the fifth-best quarterback in the 2022 draft class. He trails Kenny Pickett of Pitt, Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati, Matt Corral of Ole Miss and Malik Willis of Liberty.

–Field Level Media