Philon Leaving Arkansas For NFL Draft

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Arkansas sophomore defensive tackle Darius Philon will forgo his final two seasons at Arkansas to enter the NFL Draft.

Philon made the decision official on his Instagram account Tuesday morning. The following was a message on that same Instagram account:

“I want to say I have had a great journey here in the state of Arkansas. I feel that I have matured enough to pursue my dreams on to the next level. I know there will be some obstacles that I will have to endure but I feel the university of Arkansas has prepared me well. With such excellent coaches, phenomenal players, and dedicated fans, I know this football program will have a very bright future ahead. Please know that wherever I go and whatever I do in life … I will ALWAYS represent the university of Arkansas #wps”

Philon finished the 2014 season with 46 tackles (25 solo) and was second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Philon also returned a fumble for a score against Nicholls.

The Mobile, Ala. product is allowed to turn professional even though he is listed to have just finished his sophomore season because he is three years removed from high school. Philon redshirted in 2012.

Philon is the third major loss to the Arkansas defense as star defensive end Trey Flowers and linebacker Martrell Spaight are both lost due to expired eligibility.

The defensive tackle is listed at 6-foot-2, 272 pounds on the official Razorbacks website, making Philon undersized compared to most NFL defensive tackles.


  • arnold fudpucker

    These jocks that agree to a scholarship then leave early for the money should be sued for breach of contract. There are plenty of kids out there that would have honored their commitment and would have been thrilled to get that scholarship.

      • Jerry Kelly

        @Arnold Fudpucker…YOU miss the point completely. The majority of these athletes are only in college because of their athletic skills. They EARN their scholarship by putting people in stadium seats and generating revenue for the school. The purpose of an education is to get a job. Any science, math or English student who was offered a high paying job op after 2 years would drop out in a heartbeat to pursue it. Besides, college athletic scholarships ARE NOT 4 year contracts. They are good for 1 year only. 99.9% of them are renewed every year but the school is not bound to do so. Therefore there is no lawsuit for breach of contract because they are only binding 1 year at a time.

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