After months of questions and speculation, the decision has been made.
University of Oklahoma defensive back Roy Williams announced today through an official press releases from the OU Sports Information department that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
"I really feel that it's time for me to accept a new challenge for myself and my family. I hope everyone understands that. This has been a very hard decision. I've put in a lot of time and hard work here," said Williams.
"Sometimes you have to make tough decisions and this was one of those. It's the right thing for me to do and the time is right, but it's not easy. The part that excites me is playing at the professional level. That's a great challenge and I look forward to it."
"The first group of people that I want to thank are my teammates," continued Williams. "They mean everything to me. I also want to thank the coaches. They've been a great influence on my life. And the fans, I have to thank the entire Sooner State. They have always treated me with the utmost respect."
Williams was the Sooners' second-leading tackler in 2001 with 117 total tackles. He also led the Sooner defense in interceptions (5) and set the all-time single season mark in pass break-ups (22).
"Our whole coaching staff is excited and happy for Roy and we agree that he's prepared and ready for the NFL," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "He's played the last two years of college football at the highest level. He's a driving force behind our 24-2 record during that time and we believe he'll be a dominant player at the professional level."
"We look forward to watching him and cheering for him in the NFL. We have such good feelings for Roy. He's an exceptional person."
"I'll miss my teammates and the fans," said Williams.
"One of the things I remember is our bus driving up to a stadium for a road game and all the fans for the other school would make gestures at us. Then we'd roll on a little bit farther and there would be all that crimson. I'll never forget that feeling and I'll never forget the 75,000 at Memorial Stadium."
Williams, a junior from Union City, Calif., becomes the fifth Oklahoma player to leave school early for the NFL.
For more on Williams' decision and career at Oklahoma, click the link below for a complete recap from SoonerSports.com.
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