Sooners' Gerald McCoy will return, will not enter NFL Draft

Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said Monday he will return to school and not enter the NFL Draft, according to ESPN.com OU is still waiting to hear from sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford, junior tight end Jermaine Gresham and junior offensive tackle Trent Williams.
By Jake Trotter Modified: January 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm •  Published: January 12, 2009
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NORMAN — During Oklahoma's Big Monday basketball showdown against Texas, Gerald McCoy stood and cheered the whole game like any other fan in the student section.

For McCoy, the big paychecks of the NFL will have to wait. At the moment, he's having too much fun in college.

The All-American defensive tackle told The Oklahoman on Monday that he will return to school instead of entering April's NFL Draft.

McCoy, a third-year sophomore, was considered by many draft analysts to be one of the top defensive tackles eligible for the draft and a probable first-round selection.

Instead, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound McCoy will come back to anchor a Sooner defense that will return nine starters, including the entire front seven.

“He was in a position where either decision would've been a good decision,” said Michael Branch, McCoy's high school football coach at Southeast.

OU is still waiting on the decisions of sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford, junior tight end Jermaine Gresham and junior offensive tackle Trent Williams, who have all said they're considering leaving early for the NFL.