Texas junior running back Jamaal Charles has elected to leave school early and enter the 2008 NFL draft.
Charles, who shared UT's team MVP honors with Colt McCoy in 2007, capped his junior season by running for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns' 52-34 victory over No. 12 Arizona State in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.
The unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection rushed for 1,619 yards (No. 5 on the UT single-season list) and 18 TDs on 258 carries in 2007. He also caught 17 passes for 199 yards.
"We appreciate everything Jamaal has done for Texas and want to wish him all of the best," said coach Mack Brown. "He has been a great player for us and more importantly a tremendous person, student and representative of our program. We thank him, support him and look forward to following his career in the NFL."
Also, linebackers coach Larry Mac Duff announced that he would not be returning.