BYU running back Harvey Unga, the Cougars' career leader with 3,455 yards, was suspended from the team and is contemplating entering this summer's Supplemental NFL Draft, according to league sources.
Unga withdrew from classes at BYU in April after admitting that he'd violated the school's strict honor code. BYU's honor code calls for students to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, as well as engaging in premarital sex.
Following his withdrawal from classes, Unga re-admitted to the university, but last week the school declined to allow him back in. His career at BYU is over.
Unga, who has earned Mountain West Conference accolades after each of the past three seasons -- including earning MWC Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 -- has limited options if he is to continue his football career.
He can elect to transfer to another college for a year or elect to enter the 2010 supplemental draft.
The supplemental draft was designed for "special case" players who, whether by their choice or not, no longer have collegiate eligibility. Though league sources tell me that the date of this year's supplemental draft has not yet been determined, last year's draft was held on July 16. Only one player -- former Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon -- was selected last year. The Redskins invested a third round pick in the former All-SEC player. Jarmon finished with 8 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defensed as a rookie. The year previous the draft was cancelled , as no players applied for consideration.
The 6-0, 237 pound Unga is a powerful back with natural running skills. He has the lateral agility to sidestep tackles and locates holes in the defense. Unga likely would have been a mid round pick in last April's draft had he come out early.
With teams hesitant to give up future picks for prospects in the supplemental draft, Unga could fall lower than the mid rounds should he elect to make himself eligible.
Some team willing to throw the dice, however, could get a powerful addition to their backfield in Unga in time to make an impact in 2010.