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UCLA tight end Austin Roberts declares for NFL draft

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

After spending half the season as UCLA’s top tight end, redshirt junior Austin Roberts declared for the NFL draft on Saturday, becoming the fourth draft-eligible junior from UCLA to announce he is leaving school early.

“From waking up at 5 a.m. to run and lift with my teammates to staying up til 4 studying for an exam to making players under the Rose Bowl lights, my time at UCLA has been a blessing,” Roberts wrote on social media. “Along with graduating, I’m blessed to say that I am taking the next step and putting my name in the NFL Draft!”

Had a few typos on the first draft😅 but thank you UCLA!🐻🐻 pic.twitter.com/o9MwVs5FUe

— Austin Roberts (@youseela88) January 6, 2018

Roberts, who was on the preseason John Mackey Award watch list for the nation’s top tight end, took over as the team’s No. 1 tight end option after redshirt sophomore Caleb Wilson suffered a Lisfranc injury in the fifth game of the year. The redshirt junior from Hollywood, Fla., had 19 catches with 220 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.

Roberts appeared in only 24 career games for the Bruins after redshirting his true freshman year.

With Wilson expected to return from the injury that halted his promising season and transfer Devin Asiasi now eligible after sitting out last year, UCLA still has a deep group of tight ends. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Wilson had 16 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns, while the Bruins also have freshmen Moses Robinson-Carr, who played mostly special teams, and Jimmy Jaggers, who redshirted.

Roberts’ father Alfredo was a longtime NFL tight ends coach before taking over running backs for the Chargers this season.

Quarterback Josh Rosen, receiver Jordan Lasley and offensive tackle Kolton Miller have also declared for the draft with the Jan. […]    

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