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K.D. Nixon opts to returns to Colorado for senior year

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DeSoto wide receiver leads the Buffs senior class into 2020

NCAA Football: Southern California at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft can wait until 2021 for K.D. Nixon. The Buffs wide receiver announced Thursday he would be reversing his decision to turn pro and return to Colorado for his senior season.

Nixon announced earlier this month he would be leaving CU to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. A change of heart puts him back in Boulder as a senior leader. The four-star DeSoto, Texas receiver decided to come to Colorado over Baylor on Signing Day almost four years ago. Nixon has caught 90 passes for 1,118 yards and seven touchdowns in 35 career games at CU.

Colorado will return seven receivers next year: Nixon, Maurice Bell, Jaylon Jackson, Daniel Arias, Dimitri Stanley, Vontae Shenault and Braedin Huffman-Dixon. Nixon is one of three returning seniors and the only one at wide receiver on the Buffs roster.

“Our goal is not only to build a championship-winning team and culture but also to prepare our players for life,” CU head coach Mel Tucker said in his statement. “Our entire team is excited that K.D. has decided to continue his education and play for the Buffaloes his senior year. We look forward to him being a difference-maker on and off of the field.”