Utah State tight end D.J. Tialavea signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was announced Saturday.
Tialavea becomes the fourth Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions, while center Tyler Larsen signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins.
Tialavea, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound tight end from West Jordan, Utah (West Jordan High School), played in the first six games of the 2013 season, including four starts, before missing the remainder of the year with an injury. Tialavea finished his senior season with 17 receptions for 93 yards (5.5 ypr) and three touchdowns, as he ranked tied for third on the team in touchdowns and sixth in receptions. As a senior, Tialavea caught a career-high four passes against BYU and had a career-best two touchdown receptions against Weber State as he was named an honorable mention National Tight End of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Tialavea also had a 3-yard touchdown reception at San José State as a senior.
For his career, Tialavea played in 40 games for Utah State, making 17 starts, and caught 30 passes for 198 yards (6.6 ypr) with five touchdowns.
In all, Tialavea was part of the winningest class in school history with 31 victories.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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