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Oregon defensive tackle Ngata to enter NFL draft

Updated: January 6, 2006, 10:49 PM ET
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said Friday he will leave school early to enter the NFL draft.

Ngata, a 6-foot-5, 380-pound junior who was named to the Associated Press All-America first team, said financial concerns and his mother's poor health led him to the decision.

"I just want to help my family out," Ngata said. "My mom's going to be in and out of the hospital."

Ngata ranked sixth for the Ducks this season in tackles with ...

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