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Harvey Unga talks up his versatility

Former BYU running back Harvey Unga is confident some NFL team will select him in Thursday’s supplemental draft, and he says the team that takes him will get a back who can do everything.

“I can be the third down back–and that can be third and short or third and long, they think it’d be great to have a big guy like me even on a third-and-long play where if they need to throw me the ball they know I’ll catch it and make the best of it,” Unga said, per Brian Stull of “There’s a lot of different things I believe teams will be able to use me for.”

The 244-pound Unga is big enough to play fullback but says that’s not how NFL coaches envision using him.

“Most of them have been telling me I’m going to be playing running back,” Unga said.

Unga ran for more than 1,000 yards in each of his three college seasons and is BYU’s all-time leading rusher. He also caught 92 passes for 1,085 yards and nine touchdowns.

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15 Responses to “Harvey Unga talks up his versatility”
  1. DTwice says: Jul 12, 2010 2:23 PM


  2. Hawkfan50 says: Jul 12, 2010 2:38 PM

    He’ll be a Seahawk after Thursday …

  3. PurpleNGold says: Jul 12, 2010 2:47 PM

    He’s a man of character, a solid individual who will do well in life.

  4. jram says: Jul 12, 2010 3:03 PM

    Ditto DTwice! They need this guy.

  5. robert ethen says: Jul 12, 2010 3:19 PM

    “I can be a first down back, a second down back, a third down back and a fourth down back. Then cross the line to play linebacker on defense after we turn the ball over.”.

  6. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 12, 2010 3:37 PM

    ROBERT ETHEN: that comment was hysterical

  7. rocknrollsinger says: Jul 12, 2010 4:01 PM

    Bucs it shall be.

  8. drbob1117 says: Jul 12, 2010 4:55 PM

    That’s just great…Almost anyone would agree that it’s absurd to get thrown out of school for sleeping with your fiance, and my team( Eagles)happens to have the one head coach that won’t think that BYU’s policy is something out of the 1940’s, since that’s his alma mater.

  9. mikebyrne1502 says: Jul 12, 2010 5:59 PM

    This kid is going to get snagged pretty quick but the way it works is you have to give up the pick in the round that you took the player. So you would have to give up prob a second round pick because this kid is going to be a hot commodity.

  10. VegasBronco says: Jul 12, 2010 6:20 PM

    I think that a fourth round offer will secure Unga.
    They all could use a power back.

  11. vegassquire says: Jul 12, 2010 6:33 PM

    Dr. Bob, what religion is not out of the 1940’s or later? The only thing more outdated is the government employee pension program (401k anyone?)
    This guy will go in the 5th round to a team you don’t expect. I would say no way the Eagles take him. He is more like someone the Giants would take.

  12. sixfootsunday says: Jul 12, 2010 6:36 PM

    The Patriots might have a need for a running back that isn’t in his 30’s.

  13. GRpatriot says: Jul 12, 2010 7:02 PM

    The Pats also have extra selections…but very seldom do anything in the supplemental. However, they didn’t get a back this go round ! It’s possible. I would take a flyer on this kid if I were BB…

  14. pike360 says: Jul 12, 2010 8:05 PM

    He’ll look good in aqua and orange… well, as good as anyone can in the Dolphins horrid colors 🙂

  15. FumbleNuts says: Jul 12, 2010 9:21 PM

    # Hawkfan50 says: July 12, 2010 2:38 PM
    He’ll be a Seahawk after Thursday …
    Ditto, this dude is exactly what the Seahawks need to kick start that damn running game.
    He would most likely become a Pete Carroll favorite.

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