In something of a surprise, cornerback Steve Williams became the second Cal player to announce he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Wide receiver Keenan Allen made the same decision last month.
UPDATE: The Sporting News pegs Allen to go as No. 7 pick to Miami Dolphins.
Williams started 28 games for the Bears. His 25 career pass breakups rank sixth in school history.
In a statement, Williams thanked the university for the opportunity to play at Cal, adding, “This was a difficult decision to make, but my family and I felt it was in our best interest and that this is the right time to take advantage of another set of opportunities we feel will be presented to us in the NFL.”
Williams had three interceptions this season and earned honorable mention all-Pac-12 honors from the league’s coaches.