MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Ball State quarterback Nate Davis has decided to give up his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Cardinals coach Stan Parrish made the announcement Tuesday in a news conference at the school.
Davis, a junior, led Ball State to a 12-0 start this past season, during which the Cardinals were ranked as high as 12th. The Cardinals lost to Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game, then to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl.
"I know what I'm about to do won't be easy," Davis said in a news release. "But it's what my heart and head want to do at this time. It's the right thing for me and my family at this time."
Davis threw for 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions this season and his quarterback rating was 13th in the nation.
The previous season, he passed for school records of 3,667 yards and 30 touchdowns. He leaves as the school's leader in touchdown passes (74), yards passing (9,233), attempts (1,124) and completions (678).
Davis said his one regret was that he never won a conference title.
Parrish, the former Ball State offensive coordinator who recently moved up to replace Brady Hoke as head coach, said he'll miss Davis.
"We are excited for Nathan and his family," Parrish said. "He has worked hard to get to this point in his career, and we wish him well. He is an excellent football player with all the necessary skills to play at the next level. We will look forward to watching him in the NFL next season."