The University of Texas hasn’t had an offensive player drafted in the first round since Vince Young in 2006. Left tackle Connor Williams is hoping to snap that dozen-year drought.
“It’d be amazing to be able to represent the state of Texas and University like that,” Williams said from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Williams, who is from Coppell, is widely regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects in this draft. He had a sensational college career, earning first-team All-America honors as a sophomore in 2016.
Williams’ junior season didn’t go as planned after he sustained a knee injury last September at USC. But he returned to game action and is now focused on his NFL career.
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But Williams reflected back on his time at Texas during an interview session with reporters on Thursday. Among the highlights –
On Texas being close to contention again: “Like I say, my three years at Texas didn’t go as planned. Does that mean if I could go back I’d go to another school? Absolutely not. I mean I love the University of Texas. I’m a diehard Longhorn for life. Yes, we lost games by field goals and games we shouldn’t have lost and it was very disappointing and just seeing that it’s almost there and that the ability’s there.”
On sitting out the bowl game: “I talked to many trusted people that were close to me and after talking to my team and talking with the people I trusted, I felt like I was informed enough to make a decision of ultimately chasing my dream, which is to play in the NFL.”
On teammates support that decision: “Yes, sir. I talked to them before and I talked to many of them before the decision to get their standpoint on it because that was a big factor going into it.”
On Texas’ 2017 season: “It was a big transition year. It was a big building block of establishing the culture there at the University and I believe they’re on the right page. It’s a winning program.”
On Tom Herman: “I believe he’s instilling a strong culture that’s going to last within the program and I feel like the team is on the rise.”
On challenges of different coordinators and line coaches every year: “It’s not the most ideal situation, but it’s staying open minded and being able to — it’s adversity hitting you, so you’ve got to just learn the new program and be open minded when a new coach comes in.”
On the 2016 overtime loss at Kansas: “It was tough. Looking back at it now, that was the down point of our program and I think it’s on an upwards slope now.”