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Cal acquires 2 defensive backs through transfer portal

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DECEMBER 12, 2022

Cal gained two new defensive backs this weekend, with transfer commitments from UNLV’s Nohl Williams and Colorado’s Kaylin Moore.

Sunday afternoon, the former UNLV defensive back Williams announced his commitment to Cal via his personal Twitter.

The true junior comes to Cal with three seasons of experience at UNLV under his belt. In 2022, Williams posted a season high of seven tackles against North Texas in September, as well as two interceptions at Utah State. This year, Williams recorded 40 total tackles and three interceptions, going 5-7 on the season with the Rebels.

As a freshman, Williams started five games — all but one — in the season shortened due to COVID-19. In 2021, too, Williams started eight out of his 10 games, and finished tied for 10th on the team with 33 total tackles.

Williams’ announcement came just hours after Colorado defensive back Moore declared his transfer to Cal on Saturday night.

After a quiet 2021 freshman season, Moore grew into the Colorado secondary as a sophomore, starting every game in the Buffaloes’ 1-11 season. He registered 35 total tackles and two passes defended, ranking fourth in both categories among Colorado’s defensive backs.

After losing rising junior linebacker Oluwafemi Oladejo to UCLA through the transfer portal, Cal’s defense could be upended by transfer outgoings this offseason. The acquisition of Williams and Moore will bolster Cal’s secondary and ensure its retention of high-level experience in 2023.

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DECEMBER 12, 2022