Notes: Oregon's Ngata going pro From wire reports EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said Friday he will leave school early to enter the NFL draft. Ngata, a junior listed at 6-foot-5, 338 pounds, was a first-team All-America selection this season. He 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 had three sacks and nine tackles for loss this season. He ranked sixth on the Ducks in total tackles with 61, including 32 unassisted. He made a season-high 11 tackles against California. Ngata was the Pacific-10 Conference's co-defensive player of the year and the Ducks' MVP, becoming the team's first defensive lineman in 18 years to earn the honor. He also was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top lineman. Minnesota center Greg Eslinger won the award. While he hasn't hired an agent, Ngata understood from an NFL report that at worst he would go in the middle of the second round of the draft, scheduled for April 29-30 in New York. He said he was interviewing agents. Ngata, speaking by telephone from his home in Utah, said his mother has kidney problems and is facing dialysis. Olga Ngata had surgery "a couple of days ago," he said. Olga Ngata was in the hospital in Los Angeles when Ngata was playing in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 29. "I was thinking about her that week," he said. Oregon went 10-2 this season, with a regular-season loss to Southern California and a 17-14 loss to Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks finished ranked No. 12. Ngata, who set an Oregon record with seven blocked kicks during his career, took a low block during the loss to Oklahoma and tweaked his right knee. An MRI this week showed a sprain and a bone bruise. He said if he had torn a ligament, he likely would have returned to Oregon for his senior year. He made the final decision on Thursday at home in Salt Lake City. Ngata becomes the fifth Oregon player to leave school early for the NFL draft, joining defensive back Kenny Wheaton (1997), running back Onterrio Smith (2003), tight end George Wrighster (2003) and defensive tackle Igor Olshansky (2004).