LSU defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois will enter the NFL draft, a person close to the player said Thursday.
Jean-Francois, a junior, was named defensive MVP of the 2008 BCS National Championship game against Ohio State, recording six tackles and assisting on a sack in the Tigers' 38-24 defeat of the Buckeyes in New Orleans.
Jean-Francois made headlines in October after expressing his desire to take out Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with a "good shot" if given the chance in LSU's Oct. 9 matchup with the Gators. He did not play in the game, however, due to a groin injury suffered against Mississippi State the week before.
The 6-3, 281-pounder from Miami finished with 18 tackles and two sacks this season.
Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.