Sooners junior linebacker Lofton declares for draft

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton, the
Sooners' leading tackler this year, said Monday he has decided to
enter the NFL draft.

Lofton is the team's second junior to declare for the draft this
year, joining receiver Malcolm Kelly, who made a similar
announcement last Thursday.

"Curtis made a lot of big plays during his time here," OU head
coach Bob Stoops said. "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

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

The Kingfisher product had 157 tackles in 2007, sixth-best total
in school history.

He also established a school record with nine double-digit
tackle games, and had a career-high 18 tackles in the first meeting
with Missouri this season.