Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Charles Walker quit the football team to turn his attention towards preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft. Walker is believed to be one of the top prospects at his position in this year’s class.
After the news was confirmed, it became immediately clear that Walker’s decision did not sit well with one of his coaches.
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops commented on Walker’s decision and blasted the defensive lineman for quitting on his teammates.
“Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach,” Stoops said. “That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him. He thought this was a better avenue so you would have to ask him for those (answers). …
“[Y]ou can’t have guys coming and going and have a group of players committed to what they’re doing day in and day out, putting all the time and energy into it. It’s not fair to the players that are on our team if they’re not committed to the team.”
Walker has not played since suffering a concussion against TCU on Oct. 1.
It will be interesting to see how those in NFL circles view Walker’s decision to quit the team to focus on himself and whether that has a direct impact on his draft status.
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