Iowa punter Tory Taylor confirmed to Hawkeye Headquarters on Tuesday that he will not use his remaining year of eligibility and will enter his name into the NFL Draft next year.

“I’m 26 and I’m really grateful for the last four years at Iowa, but this will be my last one,” Taylor said.

Taylor leads the Big Ten with a 47.6-yard punting average in 2023. That ranks sixth in the country.

“First and foremost I really appreciate everyone’s support,” Taylor said. “Ever since I got here they’ve showed me a lot of love.”

Kirk Ferentz said he understands why Taylor ranks so high among the fan favorites he’s coached over the years.

“I’m in that fan club, too,” Ferentz said. “He’s got the advantage of being Australian… he’s got great personality. I especially like him when he punts the ball really well.”

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Iowa quarterback Deacon Hill (10) and punter Tory Taylor (9) leave the field after their win over Northwestern in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)