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                 === Texas A&M's Joeckel to enter NFL Draft ===
 
 College  Station, TX (Sports Network) - Texas A&M junior offensive tackle Luke
 Joeckel  announced Tuesday  that he is foregoing his final year of eligibility
 to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
 
 Joeckel,  a consensus  All-America  lineman  and winner  of  the 2012  Outland
 Trophy, started all 39 games of his Aggie career.
 
 "This  was  a very difficult  decision for me,"  Joeckel said. "I have thought
 long  and hard and visited with my family and coaches. I feel it is in my best
 interest  to come out.  I appreciate all that Texas A&M has done for me and my
 family.  It is tough  to leave a great group of coaches and players, including
 my  twin brother Matt. I know they will have a great season in 2013 and I will
 remain their biggest fan."
 
 The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder picked up All-SEC honors this season and was awarded
 with the conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy.
 
 "Luke  is projected  to be  one of  the top  players selected  in the  overall
 draft,"  Texas  A&M coach Kevin Sumlin  said. "We appreciate everything he has
 done for Aggie football and Texas A&M and wish him well in the NFL."
 
 
 01/08 15:14:11 ET