After the 2019 football season, Colorado’s Will Sherman had thoughts of going to the NFL.

The Buffaloes’ left tackle had more to do in Boulder, however. While this past season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, it allowed Sherman to accomplish some goals and on Friday he announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

“My goal, when coming to Colorado, was to be able to play in big games, graduate and then really just make it to a bowl game,” Sherman told BuffZone about his decision. “This season, we ended up getting ranked 21st, making it to a bowl game. Now, just having three classes left until I graduate, I feel like I’ve checked all the boxes and now’s the time.”

 Offensive lineman William Sherman during Colorado football practice. (Courtesy photo/University of Colorado)

Sherman is just the 11th player in CU history to forgo his senior year and declare early for the draft, but the third to do so in the last four years, joining cornerback Isaiah Oliver in 2018 season and receiver Laviska Shenault last year.

“I had some family friends who have helped me throughout this, who had some experience in the NFL,” said Sherman, who plans to finish his final three classes online this spring. “I just talked to them and then the family, obviously.”

Sherman said he made his decision a couple weeks ago. He didn’t discuss it too much with CU head coach Karl Dorrell, but said, “Even though he didn’t recruit me or wasn’t here more than one season, I definitely wanted to let him know face to face, just because I am very appreciative of what he did for us this year.”

Dorrell helped Sherman achieve some of his on-the-field goals, including a winning season (4-2) and a trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl, where the Buffs lost to Texas, 55-23, on Dec. 29.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Sherman, from Allen, Texas, was the anchor of the Buffs’ offensive line and was named second-team All-Pac-12 by coaches and media this season.

Recruited to CU by former head coach Mike MacIntyre and offensive line coach Klayton Adams, Sherman redshirted in 2017. He then played in 30 games over the past three years, including starting the Buffs’ last 27 games.

Sherman was CU’s left tackle for nine games in 2018 under MacIntyre and Adams. After that staff was let go, head coach Mel Tucker and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic moved Sherman to right tackle in 2019, in part because they signed graduate transfer Arlington Hambright — now with the Chicago Bears — to play left tackle.

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