Christopher Smith

Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs To Enter Draft

Created on Dec. 29, 2013 2:44 PM EST

Well that didn't last long.

Mountain West Conference defensive coordinators smiled over lunch Sunday as Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs announced via Twitter he'll enter the NFL draft.

Bibbs had just 65 college carries and 429 rushing yards through mid-October, but the redshirt sophomore rushed for more than 100 yards in five of his final eight games, including 312 against Nevada and 291 at New Mexico. He fought through turf toe to run for 169 yards and three touchdowns in an upset of Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.

Just like that, Bibbs is leaving Fort Collins. He played at Snow College in 2011 and spent 2012 taking classes at Front Range Community College after committing to the Rams but failing to qualify academically. Bibbs reportedly told then-CSU coach Steve Fairchild of his intentions to leave early for the NFL when he still was in high school.

The 5-foot-11, 203-pound back scored 31 touchdowns this year, third in NCAA history at the position behind Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (37 in 1987) and Wisconsin's Montee Ball (33 in 2012). Bibbs finished fourth in the NCAA with 1,741 rushing yards.

Running backs continue to lose value in the NFL draft, but regardless of Bibbs' initial motivations, it's probably smart for him to enter the NFL as soon as he's capable of competing for a job due to the inevitable degenerative nature of the position.

The announcement is a blow to Colorado State, which just earned an electrifying comeback win, its eighth of the season, under second-year coach Jim McElwain.

Bibbs joins Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, Fresno State receiver Davante Adams and Boise State pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence as early draft entrants from the Mountain West Conference.

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