NORMAN — Former Oklahoma All-American safety Roy Williams is joining the Sooner Radio Network this fall as a pregame show host. He’ll also work on the sideline during home games and selected road games as an analyst.
In both roles, he’ll work alongside Chris Plank.
“I want to be the players’ voice,” Williams said. “Sometimes, fans may not understand a coverage or a subtle mistake that was made, and I think I can offer that insight. This is a great opportunity to come back and be involved. It’s going to be fun.”
Williams, who resides in Oklahoma City, said he is not officially retired yet from the NFL. But the 10-year NFL veteran has not signed a contract to play for any team this season.
“If the right offer came along, I guess I’d have to think about (playing again),” he said. “I’ve got a new daughter, and 10 years from now, I want to be able to get out of bed in the morning and play with her. Right now, I can do that. I wake up every morning smiling.”
Williams was a member of the 2000 national championship team with OU. He entered the NFL Draft after his junior season of 2001. He was taken in the first round as the No. 8 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006. In 2009, he signed a free agent deal with Cincinnati and played for the Bengals in the 2010 season.
In 2001, Williams became the first college player to win the Bronko Nagurski Award (best defensive player) and Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) in the same season.
Oklahoma running back Jonathan Miller was arrested by Norman police last week because he failed to appear for a court date for a traffic ticket.
Miller, a sophomore, was issued the ticket in September of 2010 for driving without a license. His court date was April 29. After Miller missed the court date, a warrant for failure to appear in court or pay fines was issued May 13. Norman police arrested Miller at 9:58 p.m. Thursday at 750 Lindsey St. Miller posted bond and was released Friday morning.
Sooner coach Bob Stoops said Miller won't face any disciplinary action from him.
“I don’t suspend guys for traffic tickets,” the coach said.
OU entered all preseason camps figuring it won't redshirt any freshmen. It rarely works out that way. Stoops said those decisions will be made as OU enters game week for its Sept. 3 season opener against Tulsa.
Two that have shown they're ready to play at the college level are wide receiver Kameel Jackson and guard Nila Kasitati.
“We’ll kind of wait until the end of this week, for sure, to see who are the others,” Stoops said. “So we’ll have a few more.”
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