Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells said recently that he wanted to leave Ohio State as the school’s all time leading rusher. Well, that goal is probably going to have to wait for, well, ever, because he announced today that he is leaving school and entering the 2009 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season as a Buckeye.
Wells issued a statement Thursday saying the move is in the best interest of his family.
Wells fought nagging injuries much of his career at Ohio State. After missing three full games this past season, he returned to rush for 1,197 yards.
But he saw limited action in the second half of Monday’s Fiesta Bowl due to symptoms of a concussion. He finished with 106 yards on 16 carries.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Wells ran for 3,382 yards, fourth best in school history.
So, yeah, he was almost there. But not really. Wells’ junior season was certainly less memorable than he would have wanted it to be; he missed the team’s biggest game against USC early in the season and, as noted above, was limited in the Fiesta Bowl loss to the Longhorns.
Still, he had a 1,000 yard-plus season, he’s reasonably healthy right now, and an injury next year would debilitate any chances of being a first rounder, something he is most certainly considered right now.