“After talking it over with my family I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the 2016 NFL draft,” Benonoch said. “I am excited to pursue my dream and I will never forget the memories I shared with my teammates and friends at UCLA.”
Benenoch went on to thank his teammates, along with head coach Jim Mora and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
The 6'5", 305-pound lineman from Katy, Texas started at right tackle for the past three seasons, but also played at guard this season as a result of the team’s injuries.
Along with Benenoch, other Bruins have declared for the draft in the past few weeks. Fellow offensive lineman Alex Redmond skipped UCLA’s bowl game against Nebraska after declaring for the draft. Running back Paul Perkins also announced his plans to enter the draft along with defensive tackle Kenny Clark.
UCLA finished the season 8–5, and fell to Nebraska 37–29 in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 26.