Eyes on BYU standout running back

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Jul 112010

July 11 Camden Courier-Post

“The Eagles might not be done adding to their roster, even with training camp less than three weeks away.

A league source confirmed to Wing Tips that the Eagles were among roughly 20 teams to attend the Wednesday workout of Brigham Young University running back Harvey Unga as Thursday’s supplemental draft nears.

Unga [6-1, 245] is a powerful, bruising back who excels between the tackles and also has good hands for a big guy – the kind of short-yardage specialist and road grader the Eagles could use. Plus, Andy Reid loves players from his alma mater – think Reno Mahe, Chad Lewis and Scott Young – so that makes Unger’s odds for becoming an Eagle even greater.

Running back is still a question mark as the Eagles enter camp. Second-year pro LeSean McCoy is the unquestioned starter, but he only has eight career starts and showed a tendency to rush his cuts and handle the ball recklessly. Free-agent signing Mike Bell is always battling injuries. Martell Mallett, an import from the Canadian Football League, has no NFL experience. Neither does rookie Charles Scott. Eldra Buckley doesn’t exactly keep opposing defensive coordinators awake at night.

Unga’s skill set is similar to Scott’s, so they’d likely compete against each other at camp if the Eagles win the bid for the former BYU standout. A college scout told Wing Tips that Unga, while lacking pure speed, has good footwork, reliable hands and probably would have been drafted in the sixth or seventh round.

The supplemental draft allows underclassmen who hadn’t applied for the April draft and were later ruled ineligible for their senior season to still find an NFL home. Unga apparently violated BYU’s “honor code” when he impregnated his fiancé, former BYU hoops star Keilani Moeaki, who recently gave birth to their son, according to the National Football Post.”

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