The day after he became the University of Oklahoma's all-time rushing leader, Samaje Perine announced plans to take his career to the next level.
Perine revealed his intent to enter the 2017 NFL Draft in an Instagram post Tuesday morning. In the post, he thanked OU coaches, family, friends and fans for helping make his Sooner career memorable.
"Playing for Oklahoma has been an incredible experience," Perine's post reads. "I am so grateful for the opportunity and everyone who has been a part of it.
"Thank you to Coach [Bob] Stoops, Coach [Lincoln] Riley, Coach [Jay] Boulware, Coach [Cale] Gundy, and the rest of the coaching staff for always pushing me to be my best and allowing me to grow within the program. Thank you to my parents, family, friends, and girlfriend for always being there for me. Thank you to all the fans who have cheered me on as I've progressed through my career. I can't express how much I appreciate all of your support these past three years. I hope to continue to make you all proud."
Perine rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown en route to becoming the Sooners’ all-time leading rusher in a 35-19 win against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl Monday night. He passed former Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims with a 15-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
Through 10 games, Perine rushed for 1,060 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. It helped push him to 4,122 yards for his OU career.