Syracuse OL Pugh entering NFL Draft

Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is forgoing his final year

of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

A three-time All-Big East selection, Pugh posted his decision on

Twitter and the university followed with a press release late

Thursday. He said media reports that Orange head coach Doug Marrone

was a candidate for a head coaching job in the NFL did not affect

his decision.

Pugh missed the first four games of the 2012 season recovering

from shoulder surgery, but the Orange won six of their final eight

games after his return, capping an 8-5 season with a victory over

West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Pugh, who has already completed requirements for a degree in

finance, is ranked as one of the top offensive tackles entering the

draft.