Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore (1) catches his breath after a failed pass completion. (Lila Bromberg/ The Left Bench)

DJ Moore foregoing senior year and declares for draft

DJ Moore, the reigning Big Ten Receiver of the Year, is joining cornerback JC Jackson in foregoing their senior years and declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft, he announced Tuesday.

Moore set the Maryland single-season record with 80 receptions this season and was also first in the Big Ten with 1,033 yards. He ranked fourth in the conference with eight touchdown catches as well.

He was one of three players in the nation to rack up at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards, and eight touchdowns.

Moore ends his career at Maryland ranking fifth all-time in receptions with 146 and sixth in yards with 2,027.

“I’m thrilled for DJ and his family,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said. “I can’t say enough positive things about how he conducts himself as a football player, student, and a man. DJ has tremendous talent and work-ethic and I know he’ll succeed at the next level.”