Iowa State’s Breece Hall declares for 2022 NFL Draft


Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) runs on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State running back Breece Hall announced he will forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

Hall has not stated whether he will play in the Cheez-It Bowl against Clemson on Dec. 29.

ESPN ranks Hall as the top running back prospect in the 2022 draft.

Hall, a junior, was named a consensus All-American for the second straight season after leading the Big 12 and ranking fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (122.7).

The Wichita, Kansas native is Iowa State’s all-time career leader in scoring (336), touchdowns (56) and rushing touchdowns (50), ranking fourth in Big 12 history in total touchdowns.

Hall set a new FBS record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown during Iowa State’s game against TCU this season.

Hall released the following statement about his decision to turn professional:

Dear Cyclone Family,

Playing for Iowa State has been nothing short of a gift. The last three years, this team has defined five-star culture, and I could not be more grateful to be a part of that. I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play the game that I love so much and for putting me in this position.

After much praying and discussion with loved ones, I have decided to forgo my remaining eligibility and enter the 2022 NFL Draft. While this decision has not been easy, playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine. I know that Cyclone Nation will support me and this decision. I am excited and grateful for this next step in my life.

To my family, thank you. For your constant love and support through hardship and prosperity. For traveling to games in rain or shine. You all have encouraged me to do great things, to accomplish my goals, and to break barriers. I am eternally grateful for you and love you all dearly. Without you, I would not be where I am today.

To Coach Campbell and the coaching staff, thank you for your support in my decision and for pushing me to be a better person and a better player each and every day, on and off the field. You asked for my hustle, and I gave you my heart. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful.

To my teammates, thank you for uplifting me day in and day out. For always encouraging me to be the best version of myself. We have been through so much together and shared countless memories and experiences. I am thankful for each of you. I am blessed to have been a part of such a historical team.

And to Cyclone Nation, thank you so much. The support you have given me throughout these last three years is undeniable. I appreciate your support and dedication to this team. I would not trade this experience for the world. I will never forget the roar of the crowd in Jack Trice Stadium. I am honored to be a Cyclone, and I will always be a Cyclone.

Loyal Sons Forever True

Breece Hall

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