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Here's a look at some of the top underclassmen planning on entering the 2017 NFL Draft. USA TODAY Sports

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Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer announced Monday he will enter the NFL draft.

The junior threw for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns in his second year as the Irish's starter. However, the team disappointed with a 4-8 record after starting the season in the top 10. For his career, he had 5,805 passing yards and 47 touchdowns. He also ran for 997 yards and 18 scores.

Kizer made the announcement on Twitter: "I want to thank the University of Notre Dame, it's fans, my teammates, my coaches and the entire football staff for standing beside me and believing in me throughout my career. I'm a better person today because of this support.

"I will forever be Irish at heart."

Kizer had two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out his freshman season. He leaves Notre Dame in the top 10 in school history in 19 career offensive categories.

“DeShone is an extremely gifted quarterback that was faced with a difficult decision,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “He could return as a senior captain at Notre Dame -- a place that he loves, and with a program that respects him immensely. Or, he could begin the next chapter in his life and accept the opportunity that likely awaits in the NFL.

“While he chose the latter, the type of leadership DeShone displayed this past season will benefit our program moving forward. He’ll certainly be missed on and off the field, but we’re very happy for him and his family. DeShone will always represent this University with the utmost professionalism and class.”

Kizer, who recently received his draft grade from the NFL advisory board, is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected in April.

His departure along with the transfer of Malik Zaire leave the Irish with inexperience at the position. Brandon Wimbush, the likely heir apparent, sat out this season to redshirt after seeing little action behind Kizer as a freshman in 2015.

UNDERCLASSMEN ENTERING THE NFL DRAFT

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