LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech junior offensive lineman Jack Anderson announced Saturday evening he will forego his remaining eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
"I have been blessed to spend the past four years in Lubbock surrounded by the fans in the country, coaches who are family and teammates who have become lifelong friends," Anderson said in a Twitter post. "Texas Tech University is my home, and the support from Red Raider Nation has been unbelievable. … After many conversations with my family, I have decided to forgo my remaining eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft."
Anderson's final game as a Red Raider came only hours prior to his announcement as the Red Raiders topped Kansas, 16-13, in what was his 38th and final appearance in scarlet and black. Anderson started in all 38 games of his career, missing only nine games in 2019 after suffering a season-ending surgery.
Anderson bounced back from that injury to start in all 10 games this season for a Red Raider offensive line that likely ended the regular season with two of its best performances. Tech totaled more than 200 rushing yards against both Oklahoma State and Kansas, marking the first time the Red Raiders had done so in consecutive games since the final two contests to close out the 2015 regular season.
Anderson earned Freshman All-America honors by both ESPN and USA Today following his 2017 true freshman debut and then added All-Big 12 second team accolades as a sophomore in 2018. He was a preseason All-Big 12 selection this past summer and a member of both the Outland Trophy and the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year watch lists.
The 2021 NFL Draft is slated to run April 29-May 1 in Cleveland.