ORIGINAL: Karl Juhnke
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#Gophers coach P.J. Fleck asked injured RB Rodney Smith if he wanted to return for a sixth year, joking that he'd be "a 34-year-old senior.'' Smith responded that he wants to return because they have something special here.
10:11 AM - Sep 11, 2018
I heard Smith is unlikely to return next year because he has a better chance getting drafted if he declares for the draft after this season. An NFL team may take a chance on him recovering.
If he comes back to the Gophers, he will have to prove he is healthy, but the bigger thing is he'll be a year older by the time the next draft comes around, and most NFL running backs are done by Age 27-28.
If he comes back for a year, he would turn 24 a couple of months before the draft. That is a legitimate concern.
Eh, NFL running backs have a short life span anyway. It wouldn't concern me as long as he was healthy at draft time.
Most of the top running backs are 21 when they enter the draft. It is a big deal.