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Kentucky Wildcats running back Boom Williams to enter 2017 NFL Draft

At the conclusion of Kentucky's 33-18 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Wildcats' Boom Williams announced he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

The junior running back finished his college career with 2,511 rushing yards, which ranks seventh on the UK's career rushing list. He led the Cats with 1,170 yards in 2016, becoming only the ninth player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau in a season.

“There were a lot of things that played into that (decision),” Williams said. “Me and my family talked last night, just finalized the decision last night and told Coach (Mark) Stoops after the game. It wasn’t an easy decision; it was very tough. I was stuck in a hard place in whether I wanted to come back or whether I wanted to leave. At the end of the day, we came to the decision to leave for the NFL.”

The Monroe, Ga., native owns the top single-season rushing average of 7.10 yards per carry at UK, set last season. He recorded 6.8 yards per carry as a junior.

Williams, who scored 18 touchdowns with the Cats, had seven of 50 yards or more. That marks the most for any UK player in records dating back to 1955.

The 5-foot-9, 196-pound back tallied 3,314 career all-purpose yards.

“Boom and I had several discussions and met with his family, and I gave them the information I had received from the NFL,” Stoops said. “He and his family decided the best time was now and he notified me after my press conference (following the bowl game).

“I appreciate all of Boom’s efforts for this program and what he’s meant to this team, the great player that he is.  I wish him nothing but success in the future. He’ll always be part of the Wildcat family.” 

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