'OU boys, they my brothers.' Read Caleb Williams statement on entering transfer portal

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  • Brent Venables
    Brent Venables
    American football player and coach
  • Caleb Williams
    US American football quarterback, born 2002

Less than six weeks after Spencer Rattler entered the transfer portal, Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams announced his intent to follow suit.

The announcement is no guarantee that Williams will leave Norman, but gives him the flexibility to explore his options, a point he makes in a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon.

Williams largely took the reins of the starting quarterback position starting in mid-October against Texas, completing his freshman season with 1,916 yards and 21 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has a pass completion rate of 64.6% and ran for 442 yards and six touchdowns. During OU's Alamo Bowl victory last week, he three for 242 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 34 yards.

In his statement, Williams said "we all come to college find out path" but recent changes prompted him to figure out "the right path for moving forward." He was also sure to note that he was proud of the accomplishments of his teammates and that they are his brothers and friends. He thanked fans and supporters alike for their support, too.

Here's the full statement:

Athletic director, OU football coach respond to Caleb Williams' decision

Just eight minutes after Williams posted his statement, the official OU Football Twitter account posted their own statement from athletic director Joe Castigilone and head coach Brent Venables.

In the joint statement, the two leaders said they would "continue to be engage with him." They said they believed OU provides Williams with "the best opportunity to develop as a player and realize his goals for college and beyond," while respecting his decision.

Here's their statement in full:

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Caleb Williams on transfer portal; OU football coach issues statement

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