News: FWST-->UT star endorses staying extra year

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  1. adbutcher

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    UT star endorses staying extra year
    By Charean Williams
    Star-Telegram Staff Writer

    NEW YORK - Texas receiver Roy Williams wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He will play for whoever drafts him.

    While Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning was demanding that the San Diego Chargers pass on him today, Williams let it be known that San Diego is just fine with him. As is Oakland. Or Arizona. Or anywhere, for that matter.

    "I'll play for anybody," Williams said Friday. "If anybody wants to draft me, I'm available."

    Most scouts have Williams rated the top receiver in a receiver-rich class. The leading receiver in Longhorns' history caught 241 passes for 3,866 yards and 36 touchdowns in his four-year career.

    Although Williams does not know where he will end up today, he figures to go higher than he would have had he skipped his senior season. Williams caught 70 passes for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns in 2003.

    "Not only my draft position, but it improved me as a player," Williams said. "I got a little bit bigger, a little stronger, a little bit faster and more mentally prepared.

    "Last year I never had a car. I have people who think I lived in a two-bedroom apartment with an Escalade parked in the front. I had no car, and I lived in the dorm for four years."

    Williams now owns a Navigator and is on his way to the NFL.

    Thumbing for a team

    Quarterback Kurt Warner is expected to be released by the St. Louis Rams in June. However, uncertainty exists among some team officials around the league, including a few at Rams Park, about Warner's ability to grip the football.

    Warner, a two-time league MVP, has a chronic thumb injury originally suffered in the Arena Football League. In his last start -- the 2003 season opener -- Warner had six fumbles in a 23-13 loss to the New York Giants.

    Warner's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Warner is as healthy as he's been in a while. The agent called it a "myth" that Warner is hurt or "damaged goods."

    Rams coach Mike Martz concurred.

    "Kurt looked good at the end of the year," Martz said. "I would stress there's no injury issues or anything like that. I still feel like he's going to be play at a high level."

    Chiefs want kicker

    The Kansas City Chiefs have targeted Iowa kicker Nate Kaeding for the second round.

    Chiefs kicker Morten Andersen will be 44 at the start of next season. While he made all 11 attempts inside 40 yards, he was only 5-for-9 from outside 39 yards, including missing his only attempt from 50-plus.

    Kaeding was 67-of-83 (80.7 percent) in his career, including 5-of-6 from 50-plus. Whether he goes to Kansas City or somewhere else, Kaeding likely will be the highest-drafted specialist since the Raiders took Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th overall pick in 2000.

    This reports contains material from other NFL writers.


    © 2004 Star Telegram and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
  2. RatisBeast

    RatisBeast Chevy Guy

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    I'm pretty sure Clarrett and Mike Williams would endorse staying also.
  3. jamez25

    jamez25 Active Member

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    Roy Williams will be a badass in the NFL.

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