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USC defensive lineman George Uko declares for draft

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

George Uko collected five sacks and seven tackles-for-loss in 2013. (USATSI)
George Uko collected five sacks and seven tackles-for-loss in 2013. (USATSI)
Another USC Trojan has declared his intention to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

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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