Was It 'Senior Day' For Roy Williams?

Based on the fourth quarter chants emanating from the student section at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the Burnt Orange faithful want two guys back on the sidelines next season.

The first is Texas A&M head coach R.C. Slocum ("Keep R.C.! Keep R.C.!") who now has lost six-of-the past eight to the Horns. The other, of course, is the record-breaking Longhorn wideout whose physical gifts for the game are astonishing enough to have been decreed both a ‘freak' (of nature) as well as the ‘Legend' even during his freshman campaign.

"Stay Roy stay! Stay Roy stay!"

For the past couple of weeks, junior SE Roy Williams has understandably stated that he will not make a decision on whether to enter the NFL draft until after the end of the season. The impression, though, was that Williams was not going to announce a decision that he presumably had already made. The assumption was that Texas' 50-20 thumping of Texas A&M marked Williams' final home game in a Longhorn uniform.

But in a spirited, yet emotional, Texas locker room late Friday afternoon, it was obvious that Williams was clearly moved by the fan reaction and still had some room for thought.

Will he, or won't he?

"I really don't know," Williams said. "It's going to be a hard decision to make. It's a worse decision than choosing a college. I'm going to sit down and think about it, and go from there. Right now, we've got a bowl game and I'm just playing football. When everybody started chanting what they were chanting, it makes it a harder decision when everybody wants you to stay. It goes through your mind. You can't help but let it go through your mind."

What goes through our minds is what a healthy Williams has done during the past four games: 599 yards on 35 receptions (17.1 ypc) and eight touchdowns. On Friday, he extended his own UT record to 33 consecutive games with a catch. He broke the Texas single-season TD reception (Herkie Walls, 1982) with his 11th score of the year when he crossed the goal line early in the fourth quarter on a 38-yard post pattern.

Williams is just the third Longhorn in school history (Kwame Cavil, Wane McGarity) to register 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.

"There is no doubt in my mind that he's the best receiver in the nation," QB Chris Simms said.

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