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Former BYU defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna signs with New England Patriots

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News

Published: Mon, July 21 3:20 p.m. MDT

 BYU defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

BYU defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

(Michael Conroy, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Former BYU defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna joined his second NFL team in his short pro career on Monday.

The New England Patriots announced that they have signed the rookie lineman, who was released by the New York Giants on June 19. Manumaleuna signed a free-agent deal with the Giants after going undrafted in May.

Manumaleuna's BYU career spanned from 2007-13, where he totaled 144 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He was also known for his game-winning block of a UCLA field goal attempt in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl, which BYU won 17-16.

In New England, Manumaleuna joins a defensive line group that has four other rookies, including Utah defensive tackle L.T. Tuipulotu. The Patriots finished the 2013 NFL season fifth in the league with 48 sacks.

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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1. Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT,
July 21, 2014

Congrats to Eathyn!

2. BigCougar
Bountiful, UT,
July 21, 2014

Congrats Eathyn! I hope you do well and make the team.

3. worf
Mcallen, TX,
July 21, 2014

Good for him!

4. BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK,
July 22, 2014

Eathyn once served in our ward out here in OK. He's a big guy. I made sure to show his giant hand that blocked the field goal to my son.

Good luck, Eathyn, and GO COUGARS!