Demetric Felton makes it official, heads to the NFL

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In a move unsurprising to just about everyone, UCLA Bruins star running back Demetric Felton is forgoing any remaining eligibility and getting a start on his future now. Felton will leave with his degree from UCLA and will now prepare for the 2021 Senior Bowl and 2021 NFL Draft.

A converted wide receiver, Felton dominated from the backfield during his time at UCLA. He capped a great career with career-highs on the ground in every category in 2020 despite a shortened season.

For his career, Felton ran the ball 233 times for 1,101 yards and seven touchdowns. That included his 132-carry, 668-yard, 5-TD season this past year. He was dynamic, as one would expect, with the ball in his hands on the receiving end of passes.

He has the UCLA record for most catches by a running back in a single season after he caught 55 balls for 594 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. In his career, he racked up 99 receptions for 958 yards and eight more touchdowns.

Felton also proved to be a valuable player on special teams and recorded a grand total of 611 return yards and a 100-yard touchdown return in his career.

You can bet he’ll be a highly-sought-after player at the Senior Bowl as he’s absolutely one of the most elusive players on the roster. He’ll tear up the combine as well and should make some NFL team very, very happy soon.

Congratulations, Demetric! Thanks for everything you gave to Westwood!

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Both Felton and DeShaun Foster should be congratulated on their dedication and hard work......

…..Credit to Felton is obvious, but lets not forget DeShaun Foster. When I watched Felton last year I commented again and again on how out of place he looked as a running back running between the tackles. To the trained-eye, he looked like a wide-out playing running back. Due to his not playing his "formative years" at the position, he demonstrated poor vision in locating the hole and was unable to instinctively set up, follow and/or cut off what few blocks he was receiving at the time. He was explosive in space, but that usually involved him running after "the catch," and "juke-ing people" one on one, not running between the tackles…….Felton shocked me in the very first game he played this year. It was noticeable right away that he was a completely different runner. He was hitting the hole quickly and aggressively, he was using his linemen well and his straight-arm, which I saw him use on occasion last year, was now a weapon that stoned potential tacklers.

…..Felton made the "developmental leap" at running back that I was hoping DTR would make at QB from last year to this year (a story for another day). He was the best running back in the Pac-12 up until he injured his hamstring. If he can get healthy by the time of the Senior Bowl and do well, given his speed, his ability to catch the ball out ot the backfield (like a wide-out) and his newly developed running back tools, he’ll get drafted next year in the middle rounds easily. This is the second very successful back out of UCLA who "came out of nowhere" to grab attention in the Pac-12. Recruits see this and they see how this offense highlights the running back. Frankly, I think that this is why we ultimately ended up getting recruit DeShun Murrell (a back with great vision, instinct and good speed) and will continue, with DeShaun Foster’s help, to develop UCLA’s reputation as being a "destination" for higher caliber running backs. Now, if we could only get some help with play-calling on 3rd and short, 4th and short, two point conversions…etc……….

Great analysis....

….if he gets drafted by the right team that utilizes his best skill, receiving out of the backfield – could have a solid professional career, something you never would have even dreamed after his first few seasons. Thanks for the thrills and good luck going forward, Demetric !

And he got his degree

#StudentAthlete

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