Belcher to Return for Senior Season
Jan. 10, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher announced Monday that he will not declare for early entry to the 2011 National Football League Draft and will return to the Hoosiers football program for his senior season.
"I believe it is in my best interest to return to Indiana University for my senior season," Belcher said. "One of my goals is to earn my degree and this gives me the opportunity to accomplish that. I am also excited about what we can achieve as a team. I look forward to playing for Coach Wilson and getting back to work with the rest of my teammates."
Belcher led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. His 78 catches rank second on IU's single-season list, one behind James Hardy's top mark of 79 set back in 2007, and his 832 yards put him ninth on the single-season chart. Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions and topped the league in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the league with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native became the 15th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards last season. He currently sits third on Indiana's career list with 164 catches and sixth with 1,939 yards. Hardy is IU's all-time leader in both categories with 191 receptions and 2,740 yards.
"We are very pleased Damarlo is returning for this upcoming season," Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson said. "He obviously is a tremendous talent and we are excited to continue his development into one of the top receivers in the nation. Not only is he going to improve on the field, but he is going to work very hard toward earning his degree, which is an important goal for all of our student-athletes."
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