Arkansas Football: Another player opts out of Outback Bowl, heading to NFL

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The Arkansas Football team has learned that one of the best defensive players from the 2021 season will not be participating in the upcoming Outback Bowl game.

Tre Williams, a senior who transferred in from Missouri, has elected to sit-out of the upcoming game against Penn State.

His announcement, particularly the timing of it, came as a surprise to some, less than two weeks before the game.

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Williams was arrested in the early hours of Dec. 19 in Fayetteville after police found him asleep in the drive-tru line of a local McDonalds, according to a report from Rivals.

The Razorback penned a letter and posted it to his Twitter account. His statement is transcribed below:

"Dear Arkansas,My time here has been amazing ever since I have arrived last summer. Although it was for a short time y’all welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to experience the best collegiate season I could have asked for.With that being said, I have decided it is best for me to pursue my NFL Dreams and move on to the next level.With regards to what happened early this morning, I want to apologize for what occured and not representing the state and logo the way that it should be respresented, which is with pride and honor. I know that nothing i say can change what has happened but as a man I have accepted the consequences and will do better to prove that I am not that type of person.I am sincerely grateful for the the relationships that I have made and the connections that I have built here at the University of Arkasnas. I will always consider this place a second home and wish nothing but the best for this team and for the Razorback Nation."

The Razorbacks will play Penn State Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl.

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