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La Tech’s Carlos Henderson Declares Early for Draft

The standout wide receiver is leaving after his junior year

NCAA Football: Armed Forces Bowl-Louisiana Tech vs Navy Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Louisiana Tech junior wide receiver Carlos Henderson has declared that he will leave a year early to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

After redshirting in 2013, he was an All C-USA Freshman Team selection after 2014. In 2015 he was an honorable mention to the All C-USA Team for both wide receiver and kick returner. In 2016 he was named C-USA offensive player of the year and C-USA special teams player of the year. He was also a Biletnikoff semifinalist.

This year, after missing a couple of games to injury, he came back with a vengeance. He recorded 82 catches for 1535 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also recorded two rushing touchdowns and two kick return touchdowns.

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Possibly his best game this year was at UMass. He caught 12 passes for 326 yards and FIVE touchdowns. He also recorded four touchdowns at North Texas and caught 10 passes for two touchdowns against #25 Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl. He also returned the opening kickoff of the UTSA game for a touchdown, and the opening kickoff of the Armed Forces Bowl to the Navy 17, setting up an early touchdown.

He finishes his career with 147 receptions for 2878 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also recorded three rushing and three return touchdowns (total of 34 touchdowns).

In his three years at La Tech, the Bulldogs won nine games a year, to include two division titles and three bowl trophies, going 27-14. This includes wins over a P5 team (Illinois) and a ranked opponent (Navy).

He is projected by CBS Sports as a third or fourth round pick.