According to a Michigan State Spartans official, senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler has signed with an agent and will head off to the NFL Draft, rather than seek a potential sixth year of eligibility for the 2014 season.
Michigan State associate athletic director of communications, John Lewandowski confirmed that news on Sunday afternoon, ending the speculation that the Spartans might get one more year of the services of one of their most productive offensive weapons.
In the Spartan’s run to the Rose Bowl, which they ultimately ended up winning, Fowler grabbed 36 balls for 622 yards and six touchdowns, while at the same time helping the progression of quarterback Connor Cook.
After battling injuries throughout his career in East Lansing, Fowler had a chance to appeal for a sixth year of eligibility, but the report indicated that as he went through his research, he discovered that his chances of being granted that year were not that good.
Fowler leaves Michigan State having been the team’s leading receiver in each of the last two seasons.