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NC State's Baker Enters NFL Draft

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State running back Toney Baker is giving up his sixth year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Baker said Tuesday in a statement released by the school that "it's time for me to pursue playing football at the next level."

He needed two surgeries to repair the serious knee injury he suffered in the 2007 opener, and returned in 2009 to lead the Wolfpack with 773 yards rushing.

He finishes his college career with 2,045 career yards rushing, and won the Atlantic Coast Conference's Brian Piccolo Award as the league's "most courageous" player. The NCAA had granted him a sixth season because of his injury.

Coach Tom O'Brien says he supports Baker's decision.


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