UMass star Jean Sifrin to declare for NFL draft, forego senior year

27 year-old Tight End had great season with Minutemen

Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin (87) misses the pass in the end zone in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Colorado won 41-38. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – After a spectacular season with the UMass Minutemen, Tight End Jean Sifrin has decided to forego his senior year in order to declare for the NFL Draft. In his one year with the Minutemen, Sifrin posted 642 receiving yards with six touchdowns. He was named an All Mid-American Conference first team pick, and was a Sports Illustrated All-America Honorable Mention.

Head Coach Mark Whipple made the announcement late Tuesday morning.

“As a program, we are very happy for Jean to have this chance to pursue his goals at the NFL level,” Whipple said. “When we spoke, we told him that we supported his decision because of how it can benefit him and his family.”

At 27, Sifrin had an unusual path to college football. Following high school, the Miami native went to work to support his family and later began taking classes at ASA College in Brooklyn, before transferring to El Camino College in Torrance, California, and then UMass.

According to a news release sent to 22News by UMass Athletics, Sifrin is expected to be drafted between the fifth and seventh rounds.

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