For the second time this afternoon, a Pac-12 defensive back has made a somewhat surprising decision regarding his football future.
Cal announced Tuesday afternoon that cornerback Steve Williams intends to forego his senior season at Cal and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams joins Stanford’s Terrence Brown, who announced a short time ago he was making the same move as well.
“I want to thank the University of California and all of the terrific people I met during my four years there,” Williams said. “I had a tremendous experience at Cal and was given a wealth of opportunities both in football and in life. This was a difficult decision to make, but my family and I felt it was in our best interest and that this is the right time to take advantage of another set of opportunities we feel will be presented to us in the NFL.”
The past three years, Williams played in all 37 games and started 28 of those contests. His 25 career pass breakups rank sixth in school history.
Williams is the second Cal player to announce his intentions to enter the 2013 NFL Draft with eligibility remaining. Wide receiver Keenan Allen made the same announcement on Dec. 5, 2012.