Curtis Lofton declares for the 2008 NFL Draft

Curtis Lofton Opts for NFL

Junior linebacker to enter draft

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton has decided to enter his name in the National Football League Draft. He becomes the second Sooner junior this year to do so. Junior receiver Malcolm Kelly made a similar announcement last Thursday.”Curtis made a lot of big plays during his time here,” said OU head coach Bob Stoops. “We wish him all the best in the NFL.”

Lofton said he reached the decision Sunday.

“I’ll definitely miss my coaches and teammates,” he said. “I came in with my class three years ago and those guys are like brothers to me. And I’ll miss playing in front of those 85,000 fans.”

Lofton said the atmosphere at Oklahoma readied him for the next step.

“It starts with great coaches and a system that from day one develops you as a person and player,” he said. “Once you get the opportunity to play, you’re ready, It’s one of the best coaching staffs in the nation.”

Lofton, a consensus All-American, was OU’s leading tackler in 2007 when he notched 157 stops, the sixth-best total in school history.

The Kingfisher, Okla., product also estalished a school record with nine double-digit tackle games. He logged a career-high 18 tackles in the first meeting with Missouri.

Some 35 Oklahoma players have been drafted since Bob Stoops took over as head coach. OU has produced a first-round selection in each of the last six years.