April 29, 2011
Ayers was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the seventh pick of the second round (39th overall). The outside linebacker will be joining former teammate Alterraun Verner, who was selected in the third round last season and earned a starting job early in his rookie season. Dave Ball, who earned 2003 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors as a Bruin senior, is also a Titan.
Moore was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 13th pick of the second round (45th overall). He joins UCLA wide receiver Matt Willis in Denver.
UCLA is the only current Pac-10 school to have two players picked in the first 45 selections. The only schools with two or more players selected with the first 45 picks are Alabama (4), UCLA (2), Auburn (2), Missouri (2), Wisconsin (2), North Carolina (2), Colorado (2), Baylor (2) and Pitt (2).
One of the best and most versatile defensive players in the nation, Akeem earned second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and third-team acclaim from AP in 2010. Ayers was one of five Butkus Award finalists (he finished third in voting). He was a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist and a Phil Steele Mid-Season All-American and was on the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award pre-season watch lists. He was also selected All-Pac-10 first team by the league's coaches.
Ayers started all 12 games in 2010. He was fourth on the team with 68 tackles, first (tied) with 4.0 sacks, second with 10.0 tackles for loss and second (tied) with two interceptions. He was T-24th in the Pac-10 in tackles (5.67), T-14th in interceptions (0.17), T-14th in fumbles forced (0.17), T-eighth in fumbles recovered (0.17), T-16th in tackles for loss (0.83) and T-20th in sacks (0.33).
Ayers closed out 2009 by making 30 tackles, including 4.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and a fumble return for a touchdown, in the final four games. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 and first-team Sophomore All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com. He led the team with four forced fumbles (T-3rd in Pac-10), was second with 6.0 sacks (T-10th in Pac-10), third with four interceptions (T-4th in Pac-10), second with 14.5 tackles for loss (5th in Pac-10) and third with 75 tackles. He tied a UCLA season record with two touchdowns on interceptions and scored three defensive TDs.
Moore earned first-team All-America honors from Sporting News and third-team acclaim from AP in 2010. Moore was one of 10 Thorpe Award semifinalists and a Phil Steele Mid-Season All-American and was named to the Nagurski Trophy, Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award pre-season watch lists after an honor-filled `09 season. In 2010, he was one of just three All-Pac-10 first-team performers to repeat from 2009.
Moore, who started all 12 games, was third on the squad with 77 tackles and 17th (tied) in the Pac-10 (6.42 average). His 14 career interceptions rank No. 4 (tied) on the all-time UCLA list.
Moore started all 13 games in 2009 and was selected first-team All-America by Scout.com and second-team by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, AP, Rivals.com and Si.com. He was named first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches. Sporting News selected him the Pac-10 Defensive MVP.
Moore led the nation with 10 interceptions (0.77 avg.) in 2009, No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list. He ranked second (tied) in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in passes defensed (1.3). The last Bruin to make more interceptions was Carlton Gray, who set the school record, with 11, in 1991. No player in the Football Bowl Subdivision had made 10 interceptions in a season since 2003. He was a high honorable mention for the 2009 Thorpe Award.