Oklahoma’s football program has had one hell of a week, and just as things are starting to settle down, another player has decided his time at Oklahoma is over. However, this one comes as no surprise to Sooner fans who have paid any attention to this season.
One day after Nik Bonitto declared for the NFL, his teammate Perrion Winfrey does the same forgoing the Alamo Bowl game against Oregon in a few weeks. Winfrey has been a force in the middle of Oklahoma’s rushing defense for two seasons now and will be hard to replace in 2022.
Here is his announcement on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter:
Winfrey signed with Oklahoma in 2019 out of Iowa Western Community College, choosing the Sooners over Alabama, LSU and Texas.
He has been successful in his two seasons at OU, accumulating 16.5 TFLs and six sacks for the Sooners. Winfrey’s presence in the middle has demanded double-teams from opposing offenses and has helped lead the Sooners to a top 25 rushing defense in both of his seasons.
Winfrey will now chase his dream of playing in the NFL, and should be successful at the next level. Joshua Ellison, JUCO product from Blinn College and 2019 Oklahoma signee, should be his replacement in the middle of the Sooners’ defensive line.