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Indiana DT Darius Latham declares for NFL draft

Latham recorded 33 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for a loss in 11 games on the year.
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Indiana junior defensive tackle Darius Latham has declared for the NFL draft, the school announced Wednesday.

Latham recorded 33 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for a loss in 11 games this year. He was tied for seventh place nationally with two blocked kicks.

He finishes his career with the Hooisers with 81 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one interception and two blocked kicks in his 35 games.

Latham issued the following statement:

“Playing in the NFL has been a dream of mine, and I will put in the work and effort to make this dream come true. Thank you to my parents and my family for their assistance during this process. Your prayers and support mean everything to me. You will always serve as my motivation, and without you I would not be in the position I am in right now. I am especially thankful for the opportunity to have played and learned from Coach Wilson. He and the coaching staff not only made me a better player, but were focused on me as a complete person. I would also like to thank Coach Hill and the strength and conditioning team for helping me to get stronger and faster, and Christa Sist in Academics for keeping me focused and on top of my work. I chose IU over other colleges because it was home, and I believed in what we could build here. We accomplished some good things and I will miss playing with my family, especially my D-line brothers. Indiana University is a special place and I am grateful to be a Hoosier for life. Go IU!”

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