Oct 5, 2019; Stanford, CA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike (95) tackles Stanford Cardinal running back Dorian Maddox (28) during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington DT Onwuzurike opts out of 2020 season

Washington defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike opted out of the 2020 season Thursday to prepare for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 288-pound senior is ranked among the top four draft-eligible prospects at his position by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

“I am confident and ready to step into the next phase of life. I’ve decided to forego this season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft,” Onwuzurike said in a video message posted on Twitter. “I’ll be dedicating the rest of my time to focus on being the most dominant player in the NFL.”

A preseason All-American, Onwuzurike is on the preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award.

He earned first-team All-APac-12 honors in 2019 with 45 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks in 13 games (12 starts). His career totals included 95 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 39 games for the Huskies.

“I’m proud of all that Levi accomplished on and off the field during his time at Washington,” Huskies coach Jimmy Lake said in a statement. “He was an outstanding player and an excellent teammate. Everyone in the program wishes him all the best.”

With the Big Ten announcing its plans this week to return in late October, the Pac-12 is the only Power Five league without a current plan to play in 2020.

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