Moala Intends to Declare

Moala Intends to Declare

Viliami Moala has informed BearTerritory that he will enter the NFL Draft in May.

California defensive tackle Viliami Moala informed BearTerritory early this afternoon that he intends to enter the NFL Draft.

A Cal rep confirmed that Moala intends to declare.

Moala had perhaps his best season in blue and gold in 2013, playing in 12 games and starting 11, accounting for 37 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-16 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery, as well as two forced fumbles.

Moala's decision comes in the wake of the firing of his third defensive line coach in three years, as Barry Sacks -- brought in by new head coach Sonny Dykes for his first season in Berkeley -- was let go during a recent restructuring of the defensive staff, following the worst statistical season in program history on defense. Moala was originally recruited by Tosh Lupoi -- who left for Washington and is currently under investigation for violations of NCAA rules -- and coached in his sophomore season by Todd Howard, who was a casualty of the Jeff Tedford firing after a 3-9 season in 2012.

A former five-star recruit out of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant, Moala was ranked as the No. 45 draft eligible defensive tackle by Phil Steele prior to the season.

Moala played in 35 games over three seasons for the Bears, with a total of 48 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and one pass deflection. He was one of three true freshmen to play in all 13 games in 2011.

Moala becomes the fourth Golden Bear to declare early for the draft since the end of the 2013 season, succeeding linebacker Khairi Fortt, inside receiver/tight end Richard Rodgers and cornerback Kameron Jackson.

The draft will take place May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and will be televised by ESPN and the NFL network.

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