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Crider won’t return for 5th year

Senior center says he’s declaring for the NFL Draft

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Michigan at Indiana

Harry Crider is the latest member of Indiana’s senior class to make a decision on next season, announcing Sunday that he will not return to college in 2021.

The IU center will now declare for the NFL Draft, ending a Hoosier career that saw him start 21 of the 35 games he played in an Indiana uniform. Crider, one of IU’s team captains this fall, graduated in December 2019 and is currently pursuing his master’s in criminal justice and public safety.

An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, Crider was also a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy and a member of the Rimington Trophy Watch List.

“Growing up in Indiana and being able to play for this university is something I dreamt of as a kid,” Crider said. “These past four years have been a blessing and the best years of my life. Being a part of the culture that Coach Allen developed has allowed me to grow into the man I am today. There is nothing better than going to battle with my brothers and creating lasting relationships that will last a lifetime. It has been special building the foundation in this program and having such great seasons the past two years. Being elected captain for the 2020 season is an honor I am forever thankful for.

“I have decided I am ready for the next step in my life and have chosen to declare for the NFL Draft. I would not be in this position if not for the help of my family, Coach Allen, Coach Hiller, Coach Sheridan, my teammates, the strength staff, the athletic training staff and everyone in the IU family. Thank you Hoosier Nation!”

At this point, Crider is the only member of IU’s starting offensive line who will not return in 2021. At center, Indiana has options in Michigan transfer Zach Carpenter and guards Dylan Powell and Mike Katic — both of whom could shift to the middle.