Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman announced his decision to declare for the 2016 NFL draft on Wednesday.
“It was a very hard decision but I’ve decided to forego my final year and enter the NFL Draft,” Coleman wrote in a message on Twitter. ”I’ll forever be an Auburn Tiger!”
Coleman started in 12 of 13 games this season, missing one with a knee injury, and started all 13 games in 2014. He has appeared in 32 games over the course of his time at Auburn.
Coleman was part of Auburn’s 2010 signing class, but was diagnosed with leukemia that year. He beat the disease and began practicing with the team in 2012.
On Tuesday, teammate Carl Lawson announced that he would be returning for the 2016 season.
It was a very hard decision but I've decided to forego my final year and enter the NFL Draft. I'll forever be an Auburn Tiger!— Shon Coleman (@TheRealBigShon) January 6, 2016
The Tigers finished the season with a record of 7–6 after defeating Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.