Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen has decided to follow the motto of the blacksmith: strike while the iron is hot.
Fresh off a breakout season in which the former walk-on amassed over 1,000 receiving yards, he will attempt to begin his NFL career.
“Competing in the NFL has always been among my highest goals and I believe the time to pursue this opportunity is now,” Hansen said in a statement. “This was an extremely difficult decision to make – my time at Cal has been amazing.”
Hansen rose to the top of the PAC-12 this season after being a relative unknown on the national scene. With 92 receptions, 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns this year, he was a feature at the top of stat sheets in the FBS. His announcement comes only two weeks after his coach, Sonny Dykes, said he would benefit from staying an amateur for another year.
“I think it makes sense for him to come back. He’s still a developing guy. He has an opportunity to become one of the elite guys in college football,” Dykes had said regarding the junior wideout.
Hansen had a huge season and could possibly find himself taken in the middle rounds.