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Tom Wort talks his decision to leave OU: ‘It was my time to take my shot at the next level’

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013

NORMAN — Tom Wort shocked lots of people around Oklahoma when he decided to skip his senior season and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Apparently, NFL coaches, scouts and executives were a little surprised, too.

Wort, who worked out Wednesday at Oklahoma’s Pro Day, said talking to coaches at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine was good because, “That really helped, being in front of them and kind of explaining things.”

Asked what he needed to explain, he responded, “Just explaining the reason I decided to come out.”

Wort said he left because he’d graduated and felt like this was his shot to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL.

“The fact that I graduated was a huge part of it,” Wort said. “I came to OU to get a degree and play football, and just thought it was my time to take my shot at the next level.”

Wort was relatively open last season about his frustration in Mike Stoops’ new defensive scheme, which often didn’t include linebackers.

“I mean, somewhat,” Wort responded when asked if that played a role in his decision.

“For the most part, I just wanted to get to the next level. It’s been my dream, and I had the opportunity. I got my degree, so I decided to take it.”

Wort ran a 4.75 on his first 40-yard dash attempt Wednesday, but strained his hamstring on his second attempt. He said the injury isn’t serious, and he’ll be OK in a few days.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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