RB Darrin Reaves, UAB's No. 3 all-time rusher, will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The junior led the team in 2013 with 928 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 201 carries, while adding 29 receptions for 294 yards and two more scores. In the Week 2 trip to Baton Rouge, he ran for 84 yards and a score against LSU. Last season, Reaves earned first-team All-Conference USA by accounting for 1,339 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns.
"This was a very difficult decision," said Reaves, who lives with his girlfriend and their two-year-old daughter. "I prayed a lot, and I discussed it with family a lot. When I went to church yesterday, the pastor talked about starting new adventures and taking the next step in life's journey. That sermon really resonated with me. It helped confirm for me that I'm ready for the next stage of my career."
Reaves submitted his name to the NFL Advisory Committee, which came back with a projection between the fourth and seventh rounds. While Reaves has always been effective between the tackles, he possesses untapped speed that often got neutralized by contact near or behind the line of scrimmage. The back is also eager for a chance to showcase to scouts his total complement of skills, including his hands out of the backfield and his ability to pass protect.