NC State’s Hines, Richardson declare for NFL draft

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — North Carolina State University running back Nyheim Hines and tackle Will Richardson are forgoing their final year of eligibility and declared for the 2018 NFL draft, according to N.C. State University.

Hines was a junior this season and led the ACC in all-purpose yards per game with 143.7, the university said. That number was the fifth-best among players from Power 5 conferences.

Richardson, a second-team All-ACC choice, did not allow a sack or a quarterback pressure in his 11 games played this season.

“It’s been great to watch Will grow as a person and as a player,” said head coach Dave Doeren. “The ‘Band of Brothers’ is a special group and Will was an integral part of their success. Although we would love to have Will back for his senior season, we support his decision and wish him nothing but the best in his professional career.”

Richardson plans to return to N.C. State later to complete his degree.

“I’m so thankful to all my coaches and the staff here at N.C. State who have helped me grow on and off the field,” said Richardson. “I will always be proud that I was one of the original Band of Brothers and my teammates will be my brothers for life. I want to especially thank Coach Doeren and Coach Ledford for their support.”

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Hines is a Garner native and was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the country’s most versatile player, according to the university.

“I would like to thank the coaches for believing in me and giving the opportunity to play at my dream school. I appreciate everybody at NC State who has helped me along the way. Last, but not least, I want to thank Wolfpack Nation for always supporting me – even in high school – to help make my dream come true. N.C. State will always be a part of me wherever I am in life, and I will always be drawn back here,” said Hines.

Coach Dave Doeren thanked Hines for his time at the school.

“We appreciate Nyheim’s contributions to the entire athletic program as a multisport athlete,” said Doeren. “He could’ve played college football anywhere in the country but he chose to stay home and come to N.C. State. He has made an impact on and off the football field.”

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