Minneapolis (Gophersports.com) - Minnesota All-American tight end Maxx Williams announced today that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Williams, who was a redshirt-sophomore in 2014, will forgo his final two years of eligibility at Minnesota.

Williams played in 12 games in 2014 and led the Gophers in receptions (36), receiving yards (569) and touchdowns (8) en route to being named First Team All-American by Sporting News, the Football Writers Association of America and by Phil Steele. Williams also became the third sophomore ever to be named a Mackey Award Finalist and was named a First Team Capital One Academic All-American.

“We appreciate all that Maxx and his family have done for the program,” said Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. “They are great people and we wish nothing but the best for Maxx as he begins his professional career. Maxx has been an integral part in laying the foundation for our program and has helped move our team forward.”

Williams played in 25 games for Minnesota and ends his collegiate career with 61 receptions for 986 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Williams will be available to the media at 4 p.m. today in the football team room at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.