BYU football: Harvey Unga works out for pro scouts before NFL supplemental draft


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  • Harvester of Eyes
    July 12, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Good luck Harvey and family! A great career awaits you. As for the judgmental trolls (Chris B, Hedgehog, and Gifford), ignore them - they have their odd addictions (e.g. BYU Football articles on LDS owned newspapers) and maybe need to "get a life"

  • Rational
    July 11, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    My wife and I chose to keep our pregnancy from all but immediate family until the 5th month (if you tell people when you are pregnant, then you have to tell them all if something goes wrong). No one guessed until she was almost five months, including her pregnant friends.

    It is not Unga's responsibility to confess his sins to the whole world, nor anyone else's job to confess them for him. It is also no one's obligation to announce their private business in public.

    So all of you who are speculating, castigating, judging -- we are learning much more about you than you are telling us about Unga.

    Many fine people have made mistakes -- and put them behind them.

  • RepresentBlue
    July 9, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    @Barack Mysocksoff

    I see your point, and it wasn't until this last week that fans learned about the timing of the HC violations. I am disappointed that Harvey did not come clean until after the season was over, but I am not going to judge him either. For one thing, it is not mine or any other person's place on this message board to judge Harvey. And for another thing, we have all made mistakes in life and not owned up to them right away. In the Savior's parable of the Prodigal Son we are taught that the Lord will accept any sinner who repents, regardless of how long it takes him/her to do so. It is a very sad and unfortunate situation, but both Harvey and BYU are trying to do the right thing and I am proud of both of them. I wish to thank Harvey from the bottom of my heart for the great memories he gave Cougar fans, and wish him the best of luck in his career, and great happiness in his life. You are AWESOME Harvey!!

  • Mars
    July 8, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Good luck Harvey, you'll always be a BYU Cougar!

  • BleedCougarBlue
    July 8, 2010 11:40 p.m.


    Wishing you all the best in both your personal and (hopefully) your professional life!

  • Veritas Aequitas
    July 8, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    Brother George Washington | 5:10 p.m. July 8, 2010
    Re: everyone who is picking on Gifford

    "The fact is, some of you are the same ones that defended Harvey 2-3 months ago when this whole fiasco started, and claimed he would be back at BYU for his senior season, even though you all knew that Unga KNOWINGLY broke rules that would have got him kicked out of school had he not withdrawn..."

    I can't speak for everyone. I still defend Harvey as a fine young man. Many others thougt prudence would dictate that we wait for the full story to come out.

    I wish, nothing but the brightest future for Harvey, the same way I wish nothing but the best for former Ute Running Back Damien Hunter.

    May they both become the fine young men they are both capable of.

  • Buster
    July 8, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Big_Ben | 4:35 p.m. July 8, 2010
    i am amazed at the self proclaimed "classy" BYU fans responding in such droves to obvious trolls like Chris B, hedgehog, and Gifford. IGNORE THEM!

    Ben is a classy Ute.

    But Ben, would it be up to Ute fans to police their own?

    You guys need to put them in check for me bro, and I;ll completely back off.

  • CougarOnTheProwl
    July 8, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Best of Luck to Harvey, I will miss seeing him play as a Cougar but I think he will do fine in the NFL.

  • 3grandslams
    July 8, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    Good luck Harvey, Cougar fans love you and are proud of the way you've handled the situation. You're always a Cougar!!

  • worf
    July 8, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    Harvey took his medicine well and admitted he made a mistake. For a ute!!! There was no mistake because there are no morals. Somebody has to stand for principles and I guess that's why BYU is the "University of Utah". Go Cougs!!!!

  • flex
    July 8, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    Give Chris B a break!......I'm sure with his extensive experience in Madden NFL football, he more than anyone is qualified to judge athletic talent.

  • owlmaster2
    July 8, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Good story. I am happy for Unga's success to this point. I hope he becomes one of the greatest.
    Congrats on the son!!!
    Go UTES.

  • kbok
    July 8, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    Even though he is sort of a 'tweener between NFL RB and FB I am sure some NFL team will find use for him and I wish him well, even as a Ute fan. Best wishes to his son and bride-to-be as well.

    Next I have ask what kind of counsel did he get from the BYU coaches in the winter when his girlfriend was already 4 months pregnant? Not entering the NFL draft was a very expensive mistake. Did they have a plan to get around the Honor Code Office that failed? It seems so.

  • AZ Dave
    July 8, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Breed 'em Young University, Bitter Young University,
    any more?

  • nomad1
    July 8, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    I wish Harvey the best. He is a good kid and has talent. I wish he would have played for the U.

    GO UTES!!

  • PJ
    July 8, 2010 5:35 p.m.

    @ Hedgehog

    Bro that was weak! I remember years ago in a Logan mall shirts saying Breed 'em Young University were being sold. Anyone remember this? Anyway it was classic.

  • dakuwaqa
    July 8, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    If he was at the U, he'd already be in school and practicing everyday. At the Y, he messed up, he knows it, and took responsibility for it by getting married to the mother of his child.

    At the U, there are no "rules" against what Harvey got kicked out for.

  • Brother George Washington
    July 8, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    Re: everyone who is picking on Gifford

    Since you all seem to have all the answers, why don't you enlighten us on what the truth REALLY is?

    Who are we to judge another when all of us walk imperfectly ourselves?

    The fact is, some of you are the same ones that defended Harvey 2-3 months ago when this whole fiasco started, and claimed he would be back at BYU for his senior season, even though you all knew that Unga KNOWINGLY broke rules that would have got him kicked out of school had he not withdrawn...

    Why is it that some fans give free passes to certain athletes and not others?

    Is there a subliminal double standard we have in our minds towards "higher-profile" athletes?

    Would this be looked at the same way were it a less-publicized sport?

    I wish him well as a new husband and father, that he will be drafted and have success in the NFL that will allow him to provide for himself and his new family.

    I do hope Unga has learned his lessons.

    He'll need them...just as we all who sin on a daily basis do.

  • Beam Me Up Scotty
    July 8, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    God bless Harvey Unga. I look forward to seeing him play football again and to see his family succeed in every way possible.

  • sid 6.7
    July 8, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    I am a Ute fan but I wish Harvey well. I think it was a shame he had to leave BYU and will not be able to play his seinior season. I am sure he will be drafted and become a major force in the NFL.

    Best wishes and good luck Mr. Unga

  • hedgehog
    July 8, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    Max-was-right ,

    Got a new one ... wait for it...

    Bitter Young University

  • Barack Mysocksoff
    July 8, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    @RepresentBlue | 4:21 p.m. July 8, 2010

    Admirably? Really? You admire a guy who doesn't face up to serious honor code violations until after his athletic season is over. I'd call that selfish, cowardly and dishonorable.

    Glad to know that you "RepresentBlue."

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
    July 8, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    I actually think the 4.63 for a player Harvey's size is really good.

    He is a power running back. No one is going to draft him thinking they are getting Chris Johnson. He is a great pass catcher too. I'm sure Harvey will be happy to do whatever helps the team who drafts him win.

    Good luck Harvey!

    PS Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  • Max-was-right
    July 8, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    please please Chris and Hedgehog keep those posts a commin. I am almost positive that must ute fans gag over what you keep saying. please please dont let us BYU fans down.

    And the more ways you can miss spell BYU only makes it worse.

  • Big_Ben
    July 8, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    i am amazed at the self proclaimed "classy" BYU fans responding in such droves to obvious trolls like Chris B, hedgehog, and Gifford. I feel like my message is falling on deaf ears. There is a simple solution to this problem! IGNORE THEM! No one feels "told off" when you react, so why do you do it? It only fuels the fire.........

  • Ute Bird Mascot
    July 8, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    @ Gifford...

    This happened on the sideline? During a game?


    Hey, Carnack. What was I doing at home 10 months ago?

    Unga is going to be a power in the NFL.

    The fun thing about NFL players from BYU. You get to watch them play in the SuperBowl...

  • RepresentBlue
    July 8, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    @Gifford VanBuren

    First of all - This is a private issue and I would hope posters, both BYU and Ute fans alike, will show some class and not turn it into an opportunity to bash each other and their school.

    Second - You are really reaching to suggest that because "it" took place during the season that coaches or teammates knew about it. Its really sad that so many Ute fans are trying to use this whole issue to sling mud at BYU. People make mistakes, and both Harvey and BYU handled the unfortunate issue admirably. Get a life.

  • Hillbilly Slim
    July 8, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    @Gifford VanBuren

    Do you really care if someone knew? Really?
    Do you make it known when you have "relations"?

  • duggity
    July 8, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    Gifford. Of course several people on the sideline knew. He was their friend and was helping them win. Would you rat out your friend for something like that when there are so many players on the team secretly doing the same thing? I for one hope he does well in the NFL. The WHY? was the wrong place for him. He would have done better at a school with more of a run first tradition.

  • Johnny Triumph
    July 8, 2010 4:12 p.m.


    It's minus 10 months...

  • Johnny Triumph
    July 8, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    Why'd this happen on the BYU campus if he's no longer a student there?

    Good luck Harvey, I hope it works out for you.

  • Tom in CA
    July 8, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    @ Gifford 3:43

    You are an investigative genius.
    You learn those math skills at the U??

  • Andy Tomasso
    July 8, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    Chris B. because your good at madden your an expert at football? your in the pac 10 now, you should be stoked. quit feeling like you have to hate on everything BYU. things are changing for Utah. you don't have to feel bad about being in BYU's shadow anymore. you just have to look forward to losing to them in the Vegas bowl each year.

  • hedgehog
    July 8, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Gifford VanBure,

    I think Unga has a little Emmit Smith/Walter payton in him.

    I would not be suprised if Unga gains over 8,000 yards next year in the NFL.

  • Barack Mysocksoff
    July 8, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    I sure hope he's been living right.

  • Gifford VanBuren
    July 8, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    Son born last week subtract 9 months means this was happening mid-season. Someone on that BYU sidline knew what was going on.

  • BluCoug
    July 8, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    You forgot...

    He specialized in mowing down utes. Regardless if its college or pro, Havrey will continue his dominance over any ute.

    373 yards and counting.

  • RR
    July 8, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    Unga is the best RB to come out of a Utah college in a long time. He'll be a beast for whichever team gets him. I'd love to see him join Tahi in Minnesota.

  • fyre
    July 8, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    Unga is a power athlete and he can do well in the NFL. Most importantly he has a son now to teach and build up and a future wife to take care of. I wish him the VERY BEST of luck in life and I hope to see him playing in the pro's. I hope he finsihes his degree at BYU in the future too.

    Don't be judging the man too harshly...everyone makes mistakes.

    As a Ute fan I am glad he is out of BYU but I truly Wish Him the Best of Luck. I think Kariya will fill the void nicely (go Darts)

  • RepresentBlue
    July 8, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Unga is an extremely talented football player and I am sure he will get picked up by an NFL team. I wish him the best of luck in his career, and more importantly, I wish him joy and happiness with his new family. Thanks for the memories Harvey! You are awesome!!

  • Big_Ben
    July 8, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    I think you will see him as a fullback in the NFL. 4.63 (and the 4.7 he also ran) are not great for a regular running back. We will see. But Harvey has always been a guy I respected. Cant wait to continue to follow him.

  • Idaho Coug
    July 8, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Harvey could be a solid contributor on the right team. I think Miami could be a nice fit as he plays like Ricky Williams imo.

    And Chris B - not one single NFL team will hold Harvey's withdrawl from school against him. They know why he had to withdraw and that reason wouldn't even raise an eyebrow among NFL GMs - guaranteed.

  • Fiddler
    July 8, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    Good luck Harv! Thanks for the years. Very entertaining RB to watch.

  • Chris B
    July 8, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    Let's see...

    Can't block, too slow, can't obey rules(obviously)

    Thanks for playing harvey - your career is done

  • Alterego
    July 8, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    Good luck Harvey!