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DISPATCH: Keke Coutee Declares for NFL Draft

Texas Tech loses their top receiver to the NFL Draft.

Texas Tech inside receiver Keke Coutee has decided to forgo his senior year and declare for the NFL draft, announcing his decision on Instagram:

Red Raider Nation, With so much thought and prayer through this difficult process, I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. This was such a difficult decision I had to make for me and my family. Thank you all for an amazing 3 years at the best University there is. Lubbock will always have a special place in my heart and I will always call Lubbock home. #GUNSUPFOREVER!!

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury thanked Coutee for his time with Texas Tech football

“We wish Keke nothing but the best as he moves on to the NFL,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a statement the athletic department released. “Keke was one of the best receivers in the country this season, and I know he has a bright future ahead of him. Our staff and I can’t thank Keke and his family enough for his commitment to our football program the past three years.”

Coutee had 93 catches for 1,429 yards and 10 touchdowns, while he returned 10 kickoffs, averaging 31.5 yards per kickoff and a touchdown. Coutee iss a dynamic offensive player and the best player on the offensive side of the ball. With Coutee declaring for the NFL Draft, the only receiver returning who has any significant playing time is T.J. Vasher.

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