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TCU S Chris Hackett intends to enter 2015 NFL Draft

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TCU safety Chris Hackett recorded seven interceptions in 2014.

One of TCU's best defensive players intends apply for early entry for the 2015 NFL Draft.

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the news about safety Chris Hackett, who had 75 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions for the Horned Frogs (12-1).

"I would like to thank my family, coaches teammates, professors and the TCU fans for their unwavering support," Hackett said in a statement. "Coming to TCU was an incredible opportunity that I will always cherish. I've dreamed of playing in the NFL for as long as I can remember, and I am ready to move on to the next stage of making that a dream a reality."

Hackett (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) lacks elite speed, but has OK size, versatility, good instincts and ball skills, and also plays with a physical nature.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, Hackett was a three-year starter. He would finish his career with 224 tackles, 12 picks, 16 pass breakups and five forced fumbles.

TCU runs a 4-2-5 defensive set, and Hackett's departure would means the Horned Frogs -- who are set to return 10 offensive starters -- will need to replace five of their back seven and six defensive starters total.

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