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Pooka Williams Declares for 2021 NFL Draft

NCAA Football: Kansas at West Virginia

Pooka Williams is taking his talents to the next level, announcing on Twitter he’s declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Williams was the lone bright spot of KU’s offense coming into this season and opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season after four games. He was a preseason All-Big 12 selection.

Part of the statement read, “Since I was a kid, playing in the NFL has been my goal and I could not be more excited to continue to work toward that goal… I will always bleed crimson and blue… Coach Miles is my guy for life.”


Miles stated publicly in late October he was expecting Williams to return to the program for the 2021 season.

Williams got off to a slow start this season, in part because of a very young offensive line for the Jayhawks. He averaged only 3.8 yards per carry. This after he averaged 7.0 yards as a freshman and 5.2 as a sophomore. Williams ran for 196 yards (65.3 yards per game) and scored two rushing touchdowns in 2020. As a freshman, he piled up 1,125 rushing yards and then another 1,061 as a sophomore.

The Kansas Jayhawks are 0-9 on the season, coming off a 16-13 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, which was their closest loss of the season. KU wraps up the season on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns, with a 2:30 p.m. CST kick off in Lawrence, Kansas.

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