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Boom Williams entering 2017 NFL Draft

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NCAA Football: Kentucky at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams is entering the NFL Draft.

The junior running back announced his decision following the Kentucky Wildcats’ loss in the TaxSlayer Bowl to Georgia Tech. The decision comes as no surprise as Boom was viewed as a heavy lean towards entering the draft this year.

Williams revealed the decision to reporters after his Wildcats lost 33-18 in their first bowl game in six years.

“Me and (Mark) Stoops met earlier this week, and then I talked with my family,” Williams said. My family and I talked last night and came to the final decision. I told Coach Stoops a few minutes ago after the game, so everything went that way.

“It wasn’t an easy decision at all. I was really stuck in a hard place on whether I wanted to come back or whether I wanted to leave, but at the end of the day, my family and I made the decision on what’s best for me.”

Boom finished his junior season with 1,170 rushing yards, eight total touchdowns and was a third-team All-SEC selection.

He finishes his UK career as the program’s seventh all-time career rusher with 2,511 yards, making him just the eighth player in school history with more than 2,000 yards.