Kentucky running back Braylon Heard has opted to give up his final season of college eligibility and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, a school spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
Heard, who transferred to UK from Nebraska, was the Cats' second-leading rusher with 368 yards on 73 carries with four touchdowns in 2014. He played in 11 games, starting 10.
He also had 21 catches for 108 yards and two kick returns for 33 yards in his one-season UK career.
Two of the junior's four touchdowns were in the Cats' opener, when he ran for 116 yards against Tennessee-Martin.
Heard, 23, will finish his degree in community and leadership development while preparing for the NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 30 to May 2.
"I appreciate the hard work Braylon gave to the Kentucky program," Coach Mark Stoops said in a UK news release. "He has been a model student-athlete, and we wish him nothing but the best."
In two seasons at Nebraska, Heard rushed 77 times for 452 yards and one touchdown.
His departure leaves the Cats with leading rusher Stanley "Boom" Williams (486 yards, five touchdowns), Jojo Kemp (323 yards, four touchdowns), Mikel Horton (305 yards, two touchdowns) and Josh Clemons (30 yards) in the backfield next season.