"It's been great playing here and I've learned a lot, and I love it here," Williams said Friday night at the Erwin Center according to the Associated Press. "But I think I'm going to take my abilities ... to the University of Texas and have a great year here."
As with Ricky's announcement, the room erupted. And as with Ricky, Roy is almost always the best player in the stadium when healthy and, like Ricky, can be a game-changing force on the field.
Over the final four weeks of the '02 season, a healthy Roy Williams torched opposing defenses for 599 yards on 35 catches with eight TDs. Including the first two games of the season, the junior wideout played six games at or near full-speed, amassing 45 grabs for 816 yards and 10 TDs. Williams finished the 12-game season with 1,000 yards on 60 catches.
Aside from amazing football skills, Ricky and Roy also share traits that played a part in their decisions to stick around for their senior seasons: both are soft spoken and relatively averse to embrace the off-the-field spotlight, both obviously love their Texas teammates and the college lifestyle and both have (or in Ricky's case, had) unmet personal (the Heisman for Ricky, the Biletnikoff for Roy) and team (national championship) goals after completing their junior seasons.
The Horns' '03 team goals just got that much easier to accomplish because, for the second time in his Texas tenure, Brown landed his biggest recruit weeks before National Signing Day.