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Iowa TE Noah Fant to declare for NFL Draft, skip bowl game

In this Nov. 4, 2017, photo, Iowa tight end Noah Fant (87) and teammates wave to children in the University of Iowa's children's hospital at the end of the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in Iowa City, Iowa. In the new tradition, known as The Wave, at the end of the first quarter fans and players in the 70,585-seat Kinnick Stadium turn to wave to the pediatric patients watching from the hospital, a 12-story building that overlooks the stadium from across the street. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant says he's leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.

Fant announced on his Instagram page on Friday that he intends to forego his final season of eligibility to turn pro.


Fant, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, also told the Omaha World-Herald that he plans to skip Iowa's upcoming bowl game.

Fant caught 39 passes for 519 yards and a team-high seven TDs this season. Fant earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and could be selected in the first round next spring.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Fant caught 78 passes in three seasons with the Hawkeyes, including 19 for touchdowns.

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