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Football: Bears’ unexpected NFL exodus continues as DT Moala says he intends to declare

Cal is confirming earlier reports on Friday that defensive tackle Viliami Moala is intending to enter the NFL draft.

Moala will become the fourth member of the team to declare early, and the third member of a defense that yielded over 45 points per game. Also entering the draft will be defensive back Kameron Jackson, linebacker Khairi Fortt and tight end Richard Rodgers. The deadline for signing up early is Wednesday.

Moala’s intended departure means Cal will lose bothstarting defensive tackles from a 1-11 team. The other starter, Deandre Coleman, is a senior.

The Bears will get back defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil, who played a lot in 2012 before missing the entire 2013 season with a knee injury.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Eric

    Keenan Allen had himself a fantastic game, even if the Chargers lost. I like this quote from Bill Barnwell of Grantland:

    “Allen caught six of the nine passes thrown to him for a total of 142 yards, and outside of a 30-yard catch from Eddie Royal for his only reception of the day, no other Chargers player accrued more than 20 yards or caught a pass for longer than seven yards. It was the Keenan Allen show, and the Broncos were watching like everybody else. The 2013 draft didn’t have an impressive collective rookie year, but if you re-drafted the thing today, Allen might be the first overall pick. He’s been that good as a rookie.”

  • Mr. B

    Questions…

    What would happen to the various graduation numbers, and what hoops (if any) would have to be jumped through, if someone like Keenan Allen wanted to come back and earn his degree?

    Is there a limited time period whereby it no longer has positive impact on the numbers?

    Is there some point where the administration says, “Sorry, you have to re-apply and gain admission under normal student application process.” to come back and earn the degree the athlete didn’t earn while on scholarship?

    I got my BA in 1998. I remember Kevin Johnson walked with us, having earned his BA only 11 years after the 1987 draft.

    Does the administration (whether academic or athletic) reach out to early departures and see if they want to come back at all?