LEXINGTON, Ky. — Boom Williams will wait to make his NFL decision until after Kentucky’s TaxSlayer Bowl matchup against Georgia Tech.
Williams said he’ll meet with coach Mark Stoops when his NFL evaluation comes back and then he’ll have a week to decide on his future. The decision is looming, but he’s keeping thoughts to himself for now.
“The main thing is I don’t wanna cause any distraction within the team before we get ready for our game against Georgia Tech,” Williams said. “Trying to keep it as low as possible.”
While high-profile running backs like LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey are sitting out their teams’ bowl games to avoid potential injury before April’s draft, Williams is in a much different situation. He’s still deciding whether to go pro, and if he does, his stock is lower than the previously mentioned rushers.
“I guess it’s those guys’ call,” Williams said of the decisions made by Fournette and McCaffrey. “For me, I’ve made no decision so I’m gonna go out there and I’m gonna play. I’m going to be there for my teammates and be the guy they need me to be.”
Williams led Kentucky with 1,135 rushing yards on more than 7 yards per carry in his junior season. One factor that may cause him to think about leaving early is the emergence of freshman running back Benny Snell.
Williams has averaged nearly 7 yards per carry throughout his career, but Snell cut into Williams’ workload in 2016. Snell carried 179 times to Williams’ 160.
Together the two running backs of contrasting styles became Kentucky’s first duo to both cross the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season. If Williams returns for his senior year, Kentucky will boast one of the top returning backfields in the country.
Kentucky and Georgia Tech kick off at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 in Jacksonville, Fla. It could be Williams’ last game for the Wildcats, but that won’t be known until after it’s over.
“Main focus right now is getting ready for the bowl game and just being the player I am, being there for my teammates and being able to enjoy this moment,” Williams said.