John Champe High School graduate Kuony Deng and Broad Run graduate Chris Moore will have the opportunity to play professional football after signing as undrafted free agents with NFL teams.
Deng, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound linebacker, signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Deng played his final three collegiate seasons for the California Golden Bears, where he was a two-time team captain.
Moore, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety, signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Moore started his college career at Virginia before playing his final two seasons at Georgia State.
Deng, also a varsity basketball standout, played football at John Champe for coach Jason Dawson. Prior to Cal, Deng played at Virginia Military Institute and Independence Community College in Kansas.
In his first season at California in 2019, Deng started all 13 games and earned All-Pac 12 honors. He finished second on the team with 119 tackles, including 7.5 stops for a loss.
Deng started all four games for Cal during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. Selected on the preseason watch list for multiple awards in 2021, Deng was limited to two games in his senior season after suffering a season-ending injury in the first quarter against TCU.
Moore was a standout wide receiver and defensive back for coach Matt Griffis at Broad Run. He played in the Ashburn Youth Football League prior to high school.
A second-team selection on the 2021 All-Sun Belt team by Pro Football Focus, Moore was Georgia State’s fourth leading tackler with 70 stops, including 4.5 tackles for a loss.
Moore also produced an interception, a sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2021. A graduate transfer, Moore started seven games at safety in his first season at Georgia State in 2020.
Moore appeared in 32 games — making 11 starts — during his three seasons at Virginia. He missed the 2018 season due to injury. Moore recorded a career-best 12 tackles during a 2019 game against Duke.