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North Carolina State RB Hines declares for NFL draft

— The Sports Xchange —

North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines announced Friday that he is forgoing his senior season and declaring for the NFL draft.
Hines made the announcement on twitter and wrote:
“I would like to thank the coaches for believing in me and giving me 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. NC State will always be a part of me wherever I am in life, and I will always be drawn back here.”
NFLDraftScout.com rates Hines as the No. 117 overall prospect and the No. 9 running back prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Hines was an All-ACC selection at running back and a third-team choice on special teams. He led the league with 143.7 all-purpose yards per game last season, and it was the fifth-highest mark for a player for a Power 5 conference.
Hines finished with 1,112 rushing yards on 197 carries and scored 12 rushing touchdowns last season. He also finished with 1,868 all-purpose yards and ended his collegiate career with three rushing TDs in a 52-31 win over Arizona State in the Sun Bowl.
Hines also recorded a 92-yard punt return for a score in a 35-17 win at Pittsburgh on Oct. 14.
The 5-foot-9 Hines helped North Carolina State to a 9-4 record and No. 23 ranking. He missed parts of two games with an ankle injury and the second half of a third contest while being evaluated for a concussion.
He also was a track star for the school as the ACC champion and all-American in the leadoff leg for the Wolfpack’s 4×100 meter relay team. Hines also was an all-conference selection for the 60- and 100-meter events.
Before this season, Hines was mostly a receiver in his first two seasons. In 2016, Hines recorded 43 catches for 525 yards.