Cheney, WA – Eastern Washington's record-setting wide receiver Brandon Kaufman will forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Kaufman is a junior-eligible prospect after receiving a medical redshirt in 2011 because of a broken left hand. The FCS All-America signed with an agent on Sunday, the Big Sky Conference university announced Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Kaufman came back this season to catch 1,850 receiving yards, a single-season record for the Football Championship Subdivision. He caught 93 passes and 16 touchdowns as the Eagles posted an 11-3 record and reached the national semifinals.
As a sophomore in 2010, he caught two touchdown passes in the second half when Eastern Washington rallied to beat Delaware in he FCS national championship game.
Kaufman caught 221 passes for 3,731 yards and 33 touchdowns in 42 career games.
Kaufman's teammate, quarterback Kyle Padron, also is not enrolled at Eastern Washington for the spring semester and Eagles coach Beau Baldwin expects him to forego his senior season to pursue opportunities at the professional level.
Padron spent one season at Eastern Washington after transferring in from SMU, and shared quarterback duties with redshirt freshman Vernon Adams.
Padron threw for 2,491 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. The 6-4, 233- pound signal-caller set a SMU passing record in 2010 with 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns.
"They both have the talent it takes to succeed at the next level, and we will be excited to see their progress," Baldwin said. "We are saddened not to have them back for next fall, but we are excited about the opportunities it provides other players in our program, and future players as well."