USC defensive lineman George Uko declares for draft
Junior defensive tackle/end George Uko will head to the NFL after tying for second on the Trojans in sacks.
Following in the footsteps of safety Dion Bailey and center Marcus Martin, junior defensive lineman George Uko said on Twitter that he would forgo his senior season with the Trojans. Uko finished tied for second on the team with five sacks, and finished fifth with seven tackles for loss.
"Thank you for everything, Trojan family," Uko wrote in the Tweet shared by the Orange County Register, "but me and my family have decided its best for me to go[.] I have decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Uko split time between defensive end and defensive tackle in 2014 for first-year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. New Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian is replacing Pendergast with his coordinator at Washington, Justin Wilcox.
Uko is ranked as the No. 13 end in the 2014 draft class by NFLDraftScout.com, and projected to go in the third or fourth round.
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