Notre Dame will be without its top receiver as well as its top rusher next season.
Will Fuller, a junior from Philadelphia, said Sunday on Twitter that he is joining running back C.J. Prosise in entering the NFL draft. Prosise, a senior from Petersburg, Va., with a year of eligibility left, announced his decision to enter the draft Saturday.
Fuller and Prosise played key roles for the Fighting Irish, who finished the season 10-3 and lost to No. 7 Ohio State 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday. Fuller had a career-long 81-yard touchdown catch against the Buckeyes.
Fuller had planned to return for his senior season to earn his degree, but he said he changed his mind after long consideration.
"My heart truly wanted to return to Notre Dame, but it has also been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL," he wrote.
Fuller led the Irish in receiving this year with 62 catches for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns, finishing seven games with more than 100 yards receiving. He has 30 career receiving touchdowns, second on the school's all-time list.
Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, a senior with a year of eligibility left, also has said he will enter the draft. Junior linebacker Jaylon Smith and senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell have indicated they are considering entering the draft. Smith, who led the Irish in tackles in each of the past two seasons, suffered a serious knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl. Russell, who was suspended from school in 2014 for academic dishonesty, needs to get clearance from the NCAA if he wants to return next season.
West Virginia wins Cactus Bowl
• Skyler Howard threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to David Sills with 2:19 left, giving West Virginia a 43-42 victory over Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl late Saturday in Phoenix. Howard threw for 532 yards and five touchdowns. Arizona State was burned by going for a single extra point instead of two after a touchdown with about five minutes left.
• North Carolina State fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada after averaging 33.7 points and 411.9 yards during the regular season but suffering midseason ACC losses to Louisville and Virginia Tech in which the offense lagged.
• Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is leaving after three seasons at the school. In a statement, the school said it was a mutual decision.
Two U wrestlers place high
Two Gophers wrestlers finished in the top three Saturday at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the team finished sixth.
Brett Pfarr, ranked fifth in the nation, placed second at 197, and No. 6 Michael Kroells finished third at 285.
In the final, Pfarr fell to No. 1 Morgan McIntosh of Penn State 3-2. He beat No. 3 Conner Hartmann of Duke 4-3 in the semifinals.
Kroells lost 5-3 in the semifinals to No. 13 Denzel Dejournette of Appalachian State but beat No. 14 Jared Johnson of Chattanooga 5-3 for third place.
The Gophers scored 73 points. Penn State won with 183.
AROUND THE HORN
Tennis: Serena Williams withdrew from her opening match at the Hopman Cup team event in Perth, Australia, because of a sore knee. Vicky Duval took her place for the U.S. against Ukraine and lost 6-4, 6-1 to Elina Svitolina. Williams, ranked No. 1 in the world, said she expected to play mixed doubles Tuesday. Williams is going for a seventh Australian Open title this month.
Cross-country skiing: Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the men's 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to extend his lead over fellow Norwegian Petter Northug Jr. in the Tour de Ski. After three of eight races in the Tour de Ski, Sundby leads Northug by 1:30.2. Norway also dominated the women's 5-kilometer freestyle pursuit, taking the top three positions.