Mosley to turn pro

Missouri loses one of its best defensive players after losing its leading rusher Jan. 7.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:29 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Missouri defensive lineman C.J. Mosley will forgo his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, the team announced Tuesday.

Mosley had said he would return for his senior season before reconsidering and signing with National Sports Agency, a player representative firm in St. Louis. By hiring an agent, Mosley loses his NCAA eligibility and cannot return to Missouri.

The Associated Press named Mosley to its first-team All-Big 12 team after he recorded 61 tackles and 6.5 sacks in his junior season.

“We had hoped to have C.J. back with us for another year, but certainly will be supportive of him as he goes through this process,” Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. “It was a tough decision for him, and I know he went back and forth quite a bit before making this final choice.”

Mosley was a key component in the Tiger’s defense in the 2004 season which ranked second in the Big 12 and ranked 14th in the nation in total yards allowed. He was named defensive lineman of the year in 2003 and 2004 by his team and had a team-best of 12 quarterback pressures for the 2004 season. He was also named to the second-team All Big 12 team in 2003.

Mosley was a redshirt junior from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and came to Missouri from Waynesville High School.

Mosley is the second Missouri player to announce he will enter the NFL Draft, which is April 24-25. Tailback Damien Nash opted in earlier this month after leaving the team in November.

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