Running back Brendan Bigelow became the fifth Cal junior to declare for the NFL draft, the athletic department confirmed Wednesday.
Wednesday was the deadline for juniors and third-year sophomores to enter their names.
Bigelow burst onto the scene with a spectacular 160-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance at Ohio State as a sophomore in 2012. But the Fresno native couldn't transform that performance into steady production. He was in and out of the lineup in 2012, finishing with 431 rushing yards (9.8 yards a attempt). His junior season under new coach Sonny Dykes was no more successful. He battled the effects of offseason knee surgery early in the season. The coaching staff moved him to slot receiver at midseason, then returned him to running back. He wound up with 421 rushing yards and 34 catches for 202 yards.
The four other Cal juniors to declare for the draft were cornerback Kam Jackson, tight end Richard Rodgers, linebacker Khairi Fortt and defensive tackle Viliami Moala.
A Cal athletic department spokesperson said Dykes would not be available to comment.
The Olympic hopes of moguls skier K.C. Oakley of Piedmont grew dimmer after she placed 38th in a World Cup freestyle event at Whiteface Mountain (N.Y.).
Ali Kariotis of Tiburon missed advancing to the finals by one place in 17th. The United States might send only three mogul freestyle skiers to Sochi. Kariotis is fifth and Oakley sixth among Americans in the World Cup this season. Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe finished eighth while Patrick Deneen became the first American man to clinch an Olympic moguls spot as he took second. Kashima is second to Deneen among Americans in World Cup standings.
Pro baseball is returning to Sonoma County. Owned by Redwood Sports & Entertainment, the Sonoma Stompers will compete in the six-team Pacific Association and play home games at Arnold Field. A schedule for June through August hasn't been released.
Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.