Former Kansas State cornerback Joshua Moore was taken by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday and said he immediately planned to improve his work ethic.
"In the NFL now, I know I can work hard," Moore said. "I know that was a big question on me coming into this. I know I have to come in and get into the weight room and work way harder than I did before."
No other K-State player was chosen.
During his junior season, Moore (5-foot-11, 188 pounds) was the team's top overall cornerback. His 64 tackles ranked second on the squad, and his 13 pass breakups and two interceptions helped K-State's defense improve dramatically from 2008, when it was one of the nation's worst. Last season, it allowed 339 yards per game and ranked 39th in total defense.
Moore was named honorable mention All-Big 12 both years.
He passed on the chance to come back for his senior season in hopes of improving his family's financial situation.
"The reason I left school early is because I just had a kid who is 4 months old now," Moore said. "Scholarship money wasn't enough to take care of me and my family."
His next goal is to secure a spot on the Bears' roster.
"In college, every year I played I had a different defensive coordinator," Moore said. "My first year of college, I ran a cover-2 scheme, my second year I ran a cover-3. This past year, I ran a cover 4."