Sep 22, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA;  Stanford Cardinal quarterback K.J. Costello (3) celebrates with Stanford Cardinal offensive tackle Walker Little (72) after the Cardinal defeated Oregon Ducks 38-31 at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

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Stanford OT Little opts out to prepare for NFL draft

Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little announced Thursday that he won’t play college football this season and will focus on preparing for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-7 Little is regarded as one of the top offensive tackles in the 2021 draft class.

“I returned to Stanford for my senior year to finish my degree and play one more season with my teammates,” Little wrote in his announcement on the Stanford website. “This fall, I will indeed graduate, but with so much uncertainty regarding the football season, the time is right to opt out of the 2020-21 season and prepare for the NFL Draft.”

The Pac-12 postponed its fall football season due to the coronavirus and is hoping to play it in the spring.

Little started at left tackle in 2017 and shared Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year Honors. He was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore.

Last season, Little dealt with misfortune as he sustained a season-ending knee injury in the opening game against Northwestern.

Little played in 22 games for the Cardinal.

“We couldn’t be more proud of how he will represent his family, his community and our program as a Stanford Man in the NFL and beyond,” coach David Shaw said of Little.

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