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Stanford's Reynolds says he's headed to the NFL Draft

Ed Reynolds has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, as announced Tuesday by the Stanford senior free safety.

The All-American from Stoneville, N.C., will re-enroll into Stanford for the spring quarter and return again during the offseason to complete work toward his degree in political science.

"After much thought and discussion with my family and mentors, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft," Reynolds said. "I would to thank the Stanford football family for putting me in this position and preparing me for the next level. A very special thanks to our coaching staff, support staff and my teammates for making the memories of these past four years last a lifetime.

"I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere gratitude to the Stanford community for its support during my time on The Farm. A better script could not have been written for my experience at Stanford as a student-athlete."

Reynolds was third among Stanford defenders in 2013 with 87 tackles, adding four breakups, five passes defended and one interception. He was a pivotal cog in a defensive unit that ranked third nationally in rushing defense (89.4 yards/game), seventh in tackles for loss (7.8/game) and 16th in total defense (343.1 yards/game).

Reynolds earned numerous accolades during his final season on The Farm, garnering All-America honors from the FWAA (second team), CBSSports.com (first team) and SI.com (honorable mention). The Pac-12 recognized Reynolds as a first team all-conference safety. The Lott IMPACT Award semifinalist also earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic second team.

As a junior in 2012, Reynolds had a team-high six interceptions, the most by a Stanford player since Jim Kaffen's seven in 1973. He had a school-record three interceptions returned for a touchdown and ranked first nationally with 301 interception return yards, one yard short of NCAA single-season record.

— Stanford Athletics

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