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Dez Bryant Says He'll Enter 2010 NFL Draft

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Originally Published: Nov 6, 2009 10:34 AM CDT

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Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant said Thursday he will be entering the 2010 NFL Draft.

Bryant is considered by many a top prospect and is expected to be drafted as a first-round pick. He told ESPN Thursday about his of hopes of playing in the NFL, saying he felt God wanted him to choose to enter the draft.

He also talked about his plans to begin training Tuesday in Tampa.

Bryant sat out the first five games while the NCAA investigated his offseason meeting with Sanders at a Texas athletic center. Bryant admitted that he lied to an NCAA investigator about the meeting and later apologized.

Bryant caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns last season while also scoring twice on punt returns. He was the only one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award left in school this year.

In a letter to the NCAA that accompanied his request for reinstatement, Bryant had asked to be allowed to play again this season for the 18th-ranked Cowboys (6-2, 3-1 Big 12). The NCAA decided last week that Bryant should be suspended until next September, OSU appealed and the final word came Thursday from the NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.

"This year didn't go the way I wanted it to," Bryant said. "It was so hard. And to be honest, I had my head down at times. But the NCAA has made their decision. And I respect that. And now I've made mine."

Bryant told he hopes to live up to the NFL production of receivers including Randy Moss and Anquan Boldin.

"When I talk to the NFL, I'm going to be truthful with them about what happened," he said. "It will be what I'm supposed to tell them, which is the truth."

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