LOGAN — Reports and rumors flowed freely Monday and into Tuesday about Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and his prospective future on the gridiron. There was talk of life as a graduate transfer, with schools such as Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Houston mentioned as possible destinations.

Ever since I was a kid, I have always dreamed of playing in the National Football League. After spending the past four years at Utah State University, I am blessed and humbled to now have that opportunity to pursue my dream” — Utah State quarterback Jordan Love

As it turns out, Love’s future has a decidedly more professional hue to it. 

Love announced via his Twitter account Tuesday night that he has decided to forgo his senior season and will enter the 2020 NFL Draft. 

“Ever since I was a kid, I have always dreamed of playing in the National Football League,” he said in a press release. “After spending the past four years at Utah State University, I am blessed and humbled to now have that opportunity to pursue my dream and I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for helping me get to where I am today.”

A top NFL quarterback prospect entering the season — he was frequently mentioned in the same breath as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Georgia’s Jake Fromm —  Love has completed 659 of 1,086 (.607) passes in his career, for 8,283 yards, 57 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

He ranks second all-time in Utah State history in passing yards and attempts, third in touchdown passes, completions and total offense (8,670 yards), and fourth in completion percentage. Love also ranks first all-time in school history with 11 career 300-yard passing games and has thrown four completions of at least 80 yards, another a school record.

He arrived, loudly, on NFL scouts’ radar as a sophomore in 2018, when he set five single-season school records, including 32 touchdown passes, 3,567 passing yards, seven 300-yard passing games, 234 points scored and being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times. Additionally, his 267 completions and 3,630 yards of total offense as a sophomore rank second all-time in school history for a single season. 

This season, Love has completed 263 of 434 (.606) passes for 3,085 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, while helping the Aggies to a 7-5 overall record. He is just the second quarterback in school history to have multiple 3,000-yard passing games and is just 16 passing yards shy of setting the school record for most passing yards by a junior (he already holds the school record for passing yards by a freshman (1,631) and sophomore (3,567)).

Love will receive his bachelor’s degree from Utah State this month in exercise science and will play in the Frisco Bowl against Kent State on Friday, Dec. 20, a decision that played a decided role in the timing of his announcement.

“Jordan and his family have been tremendous throughout this process, and he is making this announcement now so it’s not a distraction to the team and his teammates leading up to the bowl game,” Utah State head coach Gary Andersen said. “Jordan has been a great student-athlete and is a tremendous teammate, and we are excited for his future in the NFL.”

Following the Frisco Bowl, Love will begin combine training in January. The NFL Combine will be held Feb. 23 to March 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana. USU’s Pro Day will follow later in March and the NFL Draft will take place April 23 to 25 in Las Vegas. 

2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl

Utah State (7-5) vs. Kent State (6-6)

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