USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown declares for NFL draft – Daily Bulletin

The Amon-Ra St. Brown era at USC is coming to an end.

The junior receiver declared for the NFL draft Saturday, ending his three years as a Trojan after serving as team captain in 2020.

“The past three years have been some of the most memorable of my life,” St. Brown wrote in a Twitter statement making the announcement. “To my teammates, I love you boys. Going to battle with you guys every week was the best part about it all.”

St. Brown finishes his USC career with 178 receptions for 2,270 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 41 passes for 478 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns, including an NCAA record-tying four scores in the first quarter against Washington State.

His play earned him All-Pac-12 first-team honors, a year after being named to the honorable mention as a sophomore.

But perhaps his most important contribution to the 2020 season came before USC even held a single practice. In September, St. Brown led a contingent of USC players to write a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom ask permission to return to practice.

“From the onset of this pandemic, the Pac-12 has rightfully and responsibly maintained that their decisions would be based on science, and it now appears that the science and technology have turned in favor of playing,” the letter, which was St. Brown’s brainchild, read.

This was the spark that the Pac-12 needed to return to a fall football season rather than delay to the spring.

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