Two key Sooners leaving early for NFL Draft

Two key Sooners leaving early for NFL Draft

Published Jan. 7, 2013 3:48 p.m. ET

Less than a week after losing to Texas A&M in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on FOX, the Oklahoma Sooners are preparing for the loss of two key underclassmen.

Junior receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson intend to declare for April's NFL Draft.

"We appreciate the contributions that Tony and Kenny have made during their time at Oklahoma," coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "We wish them both the best as they pursue their opportunities in the NFL."

Stills led the Sooners in receptions (82), receiving yards (959) and touchdown catches (11) this season and was a second team All-Big 12 pick.

The 6-foot-1 Stills started 38 games in his Oklahoma career.

Jefferson was the leading tackler for the co-Big 12 champs, finishing with 95 unassisted tackles, 119 total tackles and two interceptions while earning first team all-conference honors. The 5-11 Jefferson started 33 games in his three years at OU.