Jackson heads to NFL


Published: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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UF wide receiver Chad Jackson

TRACY WILCOX/The Gainesville Sun
Junior wide receiver Chad Jackson has informed UF officials he is declaring for the NFL Draft and will not return for his senior season.
Junior cornerback Dee Webb also is declaring for the draft, but he has not yet informed UF.
Jackson has hired an agent, who sent a letter to UF on Wednesday informing the school of Jackson's intentions. Per NCAA rules, signing with an agent automatically makes a player ineligible to return to college football.
Jackson apparently has received positive news from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. Jackson said last week he would return for his senior season if he doesn't project to be taken in the first round or early in the second round.
Jackson had a breakout junior season, becoming Chris Leak's go-to guy and earning All-SEC recognition after catching 81 passes in the regular season. Jackson also caught seven passes for 76 yards in the Gators' 31-24 victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
Webb is one of Florida's fastest players and had a strong finish this season, with excellent performances against Florida State and Iowa.
Webb is expected to be taken somewhere in the first two rounds.
Webb and Jackson are the only underclassmen expected to enter the draft.
Junior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, junior linebacker Earl Everett and Leak have all said they are returning for their senior season.
catches an 80-yard pass from Chris Leak for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Florida Gators game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Saturday, September 10, 2005 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field. ()

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