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UCLA TE Caleb Wilson declares for NFL draft

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Add another player to the list of college football players ready to take their game to the next level. UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson has announced he is ready to leave the Bruins behind for a shot to play in the NFL. Wilson announced his decision with a message posted on Twitter.

“[After] much prayer, thought, and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to forego my senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft,” Wilson said in his statement. “Although I will miss playing with my brothers, I am excited to attack my life long dream of playing in the NFL.”

Wilson added he will be leaving UCLA with his degree in hand.

Wilson was the fifth-leading receiver in the Pac-12 this season with an average of 80.4 yards per game after playing in all 12 games for the Bruins this season, the first with head coach Chip Kelly. Wilson had a team-high 965 receiving yards with four touchdowns. He closed out his college career by catching nine passes for 184 yards against Stanford.

UCLA TE Caleb Wilson heading to season-ending foot surgery

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The 2017 college football season has come to an end early for tight end Caleb Wilson, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. Wilson went down with a foot injury on Saturday against Colorado. The injury reportedly will require surgery that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Wilson confirmed the injury status on his Twitter account.

Wilson, one of top-rated tight ends in the nation, is UCLA’s second-leading receiver this season with 38 receptions for 490 yards with one touchdown. In Saturday’s win over Colorado, Wilson caught six passes for 65 yards. In the season-opener, Wilson exploded for 15 catches for 208 yards in UCLA’s wild comeback against Texas A&M.

Austin Roberts figures to see more of a role at tight end as a result of the Wilson injury. The junior has six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.