Syracuse OT Pugh declares for 2013 Draft

Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Pugh, a 2011 and 2012 All-Big East First Team selection, has started every game he played for the Orange. The Holland, PA native missed four games in 2012 with an injury, but returned to help lead a Syracuse rushing attack that averaged 187 yards per game on the ground this season, which the Orange ended with a win over West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 29.

"Coach (Doug) Marrone and Coach (Greg) Adkins have been great throughout my career, including through this process," Pugh said. "I wanted to be honest with everyone as I made this decision and they were the same with me. My Syracuse career was the best four years of my life. My teammates, coaches, the staff and the fans have been great. I would not change anything about my decision to attend Syracuse or my career. I am so happy I came to Syracuse University. I will always be active in the Orange football program and the Syracuse community. I love the Orange. Go 'Cuse."