K-State's Alex Barnes declares for NFL Draft

Nov, 10, 2018; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; during the Sunflower Showdown between the K-State Wildcats v the Kansas Jayhawks at Bill Snyder Family Stadium ©Kelly Ross

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH) - Kansas State will be without its leading rusher in 2019.

Alex Barnes, a running back from Pittsburg, announced on Twitter that he will be forgoing his senior season and entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

In his statement, Barnes said he is 'forever grateful for the time spent' in Manhattan. In his three years with the Wildcats, Barnes rushed for 2,616 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. This past season Barnes lead the Big 12 in rushing, finishing the year with 1,355 yards on the ground to go with 12 touchdowns. The latter mark also tied for the conference lead.

Longtime coach Bill Snyder retired following the season, and was replaced by Chris Klieman earlier this week. Barnes left a message for his head coach.

"I would like to thank Coach Snyder for his consistency in my time at Kansas State," Barnes said. "His goals and expectations were the same for each and every day of practice or workouts, to see improvement from the previous day. This is a valuable skill that I will continue to use to help me achieve my future goals."