OU's Gerald McCoy to enter NFL Draft

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: December 18, 2009 at 11:39 am •  Published: December 18, 2009

NORMAN — Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy announced today that he will forgo his senior year of football eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.

A two-time All-American and a consensus pick in 2009, McCoy will participate in graduation ceremonies tonight, then plans to complete his degree in Human Relations with online courses this spring.

"I made the decision around mid-season when I knew that I would have enough credits to graduate," said McCoy, whose final game as a Sooner will be the Sun Bowl against Stanford. "Graduation was my main goal and once I knew I had that accomplished, I wanted to look at playing in the NFL.

"I loved my experience at OU and I'm going to miss it. I accomplished almost everything I wanted to get done here and it's been very positive with my teammates, the coaches, the fans, everyone."

McCoy is projected by many draft analysts to be a lock to go in the Top 10.