Cal RB Vereen applying for draft with year of eligibility left

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California running back Shane Vereen says he will apply for inclusion in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Vereen announced his decision Saturday, saying the time was right for him to try the NFL. Vereen earned his degree in December, but he still had one year of eligibility remaining because he redshirted his freshman year.

In three seasons with the Golden Bears, Vereen ran for 2,834 yards and scored 35 touchdowns. He finishes his career in the top 10 in rushing touchdowns, rushing yards, all-purpose yards and scoring.

Vereen ran for 1,167 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also caught 22 passes for 209 yards and three scores.

Cal finished 5-7 and didn't make a bowl game.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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