Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Ayers and Moore are first-teamers
By Blair Angulo
If juniors Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore decide to leave school for the NFL, they will do it on a good note.
The two were named to the All-Pac-10 first team on Tuesday, the conference announced. When approached following UCLA's 28-14 loss to USC Saturday at the Rose Bowl, Ayers and Moore -- which are projected first-round selections in April's NFL Draft -- said they would weigh their options in the coming weeks.
Moore was also a first-team selection last year after recording a nation-best 10 interceptions. Ayers is one of five finalists for the Dick Butkus Award, which is given annually to the nation's top linebacker.
Also gaining accolades were senior place kicker Kai Forbath, sophomore tailback Johnathan Franklin and sophomore punter Jeff Locke, who were named to the second team.
The conference honorable mention list included junior tailback Derrick Coleman, junior safety Tony Dye, senior center Ryan Taylor and junior linebacker Sean Westgate.