AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Texas Longhorns announced two more departures from their football team Thursday. Receivers coach Bobby Kennedy has resigned from his position at Texas and will accept a similar role at the University of Colorado, pending completion of final paperwork.
"It's really a tough deal leaving a place you love so much and have had so many great memories at," said Kennedy. "But going home, getting reacquainted with a lot of old friends and being closer to family was something I really felt like I needed to do."
Kennedy has a 21-year coaching career. He was at Texas for seven years.
"We really appreciate everything Bobby did for us in his seven years here," said head coach Mack Brown. "He's been a part of a staff that helped us win a National Championship, play for another and finish in the top five two other times, so he had a really successful run at Texas. We'll miss him, but Colorado is home and is just an opportunity he didn't think he could pass up."
In addition, Texas junior defensive back Aaron Williams has elected to forego his senior season and enter the 2011 NFL Draft.
"I want to thank everyone at The University of Texas, especially Coach (Mack) Brown and Coach (Duane) Akina for getting me ready for this opportunity," Williams said. "It was a really hard decision. I'm going miss to all of my teammates and coaches, and I'll always be a Longhorn, but I felt it was the best decision for me and my family. It's time to start working on my dream that I've been preparing for all my life."
A graduate of McNeil High School in Round Rock, Williams appeared in 35 games for the Longhorns on defense and special teams. He had four career interception, one was returned for a touchdown.
"Aaron was a tremendous football player who helped us win a lot of games here," head coach Mack Brown said. "We have had great success with our defensive backs in the NFL and expect the same for Aaron. We will really miss having him around next year and know it was a tough decision, but look forward to following his career in the NFL."
Eight former Texas defensive backs under Brown and Akina are currently playing in the NFL. The group includes Tarell Brown (San Francisco 49ers), Cedric Griffin (Minnesota Vikings), Michael Griffin (Tennessee Titans), Michael Huff (Oakland Raiders), Quentin Jammer (San Diego Chargers), Aaron Ross (New York Giants), Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks) and Nathan Vasher (Detroit Lions). All eight have served as NFL starters.
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