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Bulaga opts to leave Hawkeyes

Whenever it came to a report on whether or not Bryan Bulaga would leave Iowa early, there was always a lot of uncertainty involved.

Tonight, all of the uncertainty has been stripped away. And the Hawkeyes’ offensive line will be poorer for it in 2010.

In a statement released just a few minutes ago, the All-Big Ten offensive tackle has decided to leave school early and dive headfirst into the 2010 NFL draft pool.

“After much deliberation and careful consideration, I have decided to forego my fourth year of college eligibility and enter the upcoming NFL draft,” Bulaga said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision since my Iowa experience has been very positive and rewarding.

“The illness I was faced with at the beginning of the 2009 season made me realize how important football is in my life and how quickly it can be taken away. I want to thank Coach Ferentz, Coach (Reese) Morgan and the rest of the Iowa football staff who played a significant role in my development.

“I will always be a Hawkeye and will carry that with me proudly wherever my future takes me. Thanks to everyone for the support you’ve always given me.”

Head coach Kirk Ferentz wished his outstanding lineman the best.

“Bryan has been a valued team member, well beyond his outstanding play on the field,” Ferentz said in his own statement. “I’m very appreciative of his efforts on the team’s behalf. I am confident Bryan will do very well in the years to come and again be a valuable asset to his future team. We wish him the best and continued success.”

Bulaga becomes the third underclassman tackle to make himself available for the upcoming draft. How did I know that? Because I clicked HERE.