Texas' Cavil puts name into NFL hat
Posted: Friday January 07, 2000 12:54 AM
AUSTIN (AP) -- Texas receiver Kwame Cavil said Thursday he will skip his senior year to enter the 2000 NFL draft.
Cavil, a 6-2 205 pounder from Waco, set university and Big 12 Conference single-season records for receptions (100) and receiving yards (1,188).
But 36 hours before Texas played Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day, Cavil and three teammates were suspended for team rules violations. The Longhorns lost 27-6.
Cavil was expected to enter the draft if his suspension continued into next season. He declined to address his suspension in a prepared statement, and the university athletic department said such information is private.
"After great deliberation with my family, I have decided to forego my final year of eligibility and go to the NFL," Cavil said, adding that he plans to return to earn his degree. "Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity."
Cavil's father, Jafus, told The Associated Press he hopes his son does well in the draft, but did not elaborate on circumstances surrounding his suspension.
"I have no idea how he will perform," the elder Cavil said. "That thing is just like when he went from high school to the university. You just hope for the best."
Concerning the suspension, he would only term it as "crazy," adding that his son remained in Austin on Thursday night and could be reached through the university. But Texas athletics officials did not return a telephone call from the AP.
Texas coach Mack Brown said he never tells players what to do if they are considering entering the NFL draft early.
"Kwame has been a big part of our two years here, and I will always love him for who he is, and what he has done for Texas," Brown said. "We will miss him, but I respect his decision and wish him nothing but the best."
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