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Early entry talent drain for Pac-12

1/6/2014

While the return of UCLA QB Brett Hundley for his redshirt junior season was the weekend's big news, an early-entry to the NFL draft talent drain is hitting the Pac-12 hard.

While a number of big-name players have not yet formally announced their intensions -- such as Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey, Stanford OG David Yankey, Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford and Oregon State QB Sean Mannion -- already 17 players have announced they will give up their remaining eligibility to turn professional.

The deadline to declare is Jan. 15.

There has been good news at quarterback. Hundley joins Oregon's Marcus Mariota as pretty significant surprises that they opted to return to school, and that means the 2014 class of Pac-12 quarterbacks will be without peer in the nation by a wide margin.

Here's the early-entry list so far:

Dion Bailey, LB, USC

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

George Uko, DT, USC

Marcus Martin, C, USC

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon

Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon*

Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

Khairi Fortt, LB, California

Kameron Jackson, CB, California

Richard Rodgers, TE California

Jake Murphy, TE, Utah

*Lyerla was kicked off the team at Oregon in October.