Iowa running back Toren Young announces he is leaving the program

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Photo courtesy of Toren Young Twitter account.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa football team will be without one of its key leaders next season.

Redshirt junior running back Toren Young announced on Tuesday that he will be forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

"The last four years have truly been a blessing," Young said on Twitter. "I am thankful to have been part of such a special program. I have built relationships and memories here that will last a lifetime."

Young rushed for 1,262 yards and eight touchdowns as a Hawkeye and was on the team's leadership group the last three years.

Young, a native of Monona Grove, Wis., joins defensive back Geno Stone, defensive lineman A.J. Epenesa and offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs as Iowa's early draft entries.

Players have until Friday to declare for the draft.

Young was among three players who represented Iowa at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago before the 2019 season. He was also named to the Leadership Group in each of the past three seasons and was one of just two redshirt freshmen named to the group in 2017, and the only sophomore named to the group in 2018.