Former Cougars aiming to make mark in NFL

A handful of first-year NFL players who once donned the BYU blue and white and played key roles on the Cougar offense will have their chances to try and make their teams’ rosters as training camps open this week.

Those rookie players are Max Hall, Harvey Unga, Manase Tonga and Dennis Pitta.

Their roads to the NFL started in a variety of ways. Pitta was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s NFL draft, while Hall and Tonga signed free agent contracts with the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders, respectively. Unga was picked up by the Chicago Bears in the recent NFL Supplemental Draft.

Another former Cougar, tight end Andrew George, signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers but is no longer on the team’s roster.

It’s not the first time recently that former Cougar offensive players have tried to find a career in the NFL. Three years ago, a talented group of former BYU football players from the offensive side of the ball ventured into the world of professional football. Last year, another ex-Cougar made his mark in the NFL.

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