After missing most of his senior season due to injury, Dillon Gordon appealed the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility so he could remain at LSU for a fifth season. The NCAA has denied that appeal, and Gordon announced that he will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
The announcement, which came via Gordon’s Twitter account, opened by thanking Les Miles and the LSU coaching staff. Gordon went on to explain that, although the coaching staff did everything they could to ensure the success of his appeal, it was not granted, and entering the draft is the best decision for Gordon and his family.
Forever Lsu??? pic.twitter.com/i4tVW2V5e6
— TheBull (@IamDG_85) April 23, 2016
Gordon missed the majority of last season with injuries. He injured his Achilles early in the Tigers’ matchup with Auburn on September 19. He returned to the field against Florida on October 17, but left the game after re-injuring the tendon on the second offensive series of the game. The injury required surgical repair, and he missed the rest of the season.
Gordon, who is 6-foot-5 and 308 pounds, was a three-year starter for the Tigers. He had six receptions for 88 yards in his sophomore season. He did not contribute to the passing game in his junior season, but his blocking helped an offense that averaged 224.5 rushing yards per game. Gordon had just one catch for eight yards last season.