Less than 24 hours after teammate D.J. Reed announced he’s skipping his senior season and heading to the NFL Draft, Kansas State wide receiver and return man Byron Pringle made the same decision on Monday.
Pringle and Reed were, by far, the best kick and punt return duo in the Big 12 conference this year. Reed led the Big 12 with 34.2 yards per kick return, while Pringle ranked third at 26.1 yards per kick return. Pringle ranked seventh in the Big 12 in all purposes yards per game at 101.0.
Byron Pringle led the Wildcats with 724 receiving yards and was second on the team with 30 receptions. He averaged a team-best 24.1 yards per reception (for players with at least 6 receptions) and his six receiving touchdowns were a team high.
Pringle’s best game this season came in a stunning 45-40 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater in which the wide receiver had four catches for 166 yards, including three touchdown grabs.
Pringle also wrote a classy letter to Kansas State fans after the announcement.
Byron Pringle wrote a letter to K-State fans after deciding to turn pro.
Check it out: pic.twitter.com/whMrK2RRJE
— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) January 1, 2018
This move is pretty surprising to me, as Pringle could’ve used one more season in the offense to prove himself as a receiver. No doubt he’s a great return man, but unless you’re Devin Hester, most aren’t using their draft picks on someone whose best attribute is kick returning.
But it’s also important to note that Pringle is already 24 years old, so he may be looking at his body clock and thinking that the time is ticking.
Regardless, while I planned on enjoying watching one more season from Pringle in Manhattan next season, we wish Pringle the best of luck as he begins his journey at the next level.