HONOLULU (AP) — Mike Edwards, a defensive back and kick returner with the University of Hawaii, plans to skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

The university announced Edwards' decision Wednesday.

Edwards is the school's leader in career kickoff return yards, with 2,301. In 2012, he led the country in kickoff return yards, with 1,215, and also won accolades, including being named the Mountain West's special teams player of the year.

Edwards, in a university news release, says his decision was one of the toughest he's had to make. He says it came down to "what God wanted me to do and what my family needed me to do."

The Cleveland, Ohio, native says playing in the NFL has been a dream of his.