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.