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TCU safety Chris Hackett will declare for NFL Draft

TCU safety Sam Carter (17) and TCU safety Chris Hackett (1) hits Mississippi running back I’Tavius Mathers (5) during the Peach Bowl.
TCU safety Sam Carter (17) and TCU safety Chris Hackett (1) hits Mississippi running back I’Tavius Mathers (5) during the Peach Bowl. AP

TCU junior safety Chris Hackett will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

“I would like to thank my family, coaches teammates, professors and the TCU fans for their unwavering support,” Hackett said in a statement. “Coming to TCU was an incredible opportunity that I will always cherish. I’ve dreamed of playing in the NFL for as long as I can remember, and I am ready to move on to the next stage of making that dream a reality.”

Hackett led the Horned Frogs and the Big 12 in interceptions this season with seven, including an opening-drive pick of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl on Dec 31. His seven picks placed him fourth in the FBS.

He put together a string of four straight games with an interception, beginning with the Oct. 25 contest against Texas Tech and ending Nov. 15 vs. Kansas.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety from Tyler John Tyler High School was an All-Big 12 first-team selection.

With 75 total tackles, Hackett finished fourth on the team, including a season-high 13 against Oklahoma on Oct. 4, and finished second on the team in tackles with 88 his sophomore year at TCU.

“I’d like to personally thank Coach [Gary] Patterson and his entire staff for helping me to grow as a player and a person. My time at TCU was extremely rewarding both on and off the field. I am and will always be a Horned Frog!” Hackett said to finish his statement.

Also, junior wide receiver Jordan Moore has left TCU to be closer to his home of Atlanta, according to the school.

Moore tweeted on his departure Friday from his handle @jmoiam:

“It’s been a wonderful three seasons. I have chosen an environment that can better [suit] my skillset. FOR EVERYTHING I Thank you Go Frogs!”

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