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Former Cougar Harvey Unga signs with Jacksonville Jaguars

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News

Published: Sat, Aug. 16 2:55 p.m. MDT

 Carolina Panthers' Harvey Unga (28) arrives before an NFL football rookie minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, May 16, 2014.

Carolina Panthers' Harvey Unga (28) arrives before an NFL football rookie minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, May 16, 2014.

(CHRIS KEANE, AP)

Harvey Unga is back on an NFL roster as the Jacksonville Jaguars announced Saturday they've signed BYU's all-time leading rusher.

Unga, who's played fullback during his pro career, joins a Jaguars team that only has one other fullback, starter Will Ta'ufo'ou, on its current roster. On Saturday, Jacksonville also waived injured fullback Bradie Ewing, who's dealing with torn wrist ligaments.

Jacksonville lost to the Chicago Bears 20-19 in preseason action Thursday, and Unga could potentially face a pair of other former Cougars — Kyle Van Noy and Ezekiel Ansah — when the Jaguars play the Detroit Lions on Aug. 22 during the third week of the preseason.

In May, Unga tried out with the Carolina Panthers. That came after he had spent his four-year pro career with the Bears, mainly as a practice squad member; Unga was waived by the Bears in October 2013 and has been in search of a team since then.

Unga rushed for 3,455 yards and 36 touchdowns in his Cougar career; he also had 102 receptions for 1,085 yards and nine touchdowns.

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

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1. Christopher B
Ogden, UT,
Aug. 16, 2014

Why did Unga go in the supplemental draft and not in the real draft? Maybe coming out early was a mistake. byu fans always like to claim when Utah players come out early its not a good choice - maybe unga should have stayed at byu for his senior season

2. Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA,
Aug. 16, 2014

Good luck to Harvey who has already passed the average time in the NFL (avg = 3.2 years)!

3. BlueCoug
Orem, UT,
Aug. 16, 2014

Congratulations Harvey!

4. BlueCoug
Orem, UT,
Aug. 16, 2014

Christy
Since you already know the answer why are you asking the question?
Congratulations Harvey on another season in the NFL!

5. Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah,
Aug. 16, 2014

Since you already know, Christy, why are you even asking!
Harvey has already had a more successful career in the NFL than you could possibly dream of.