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Unga staying for senior season

Unga staying for senior season



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Press releasePROVO -— BYU running back Harvey Unga announced Thursday he will not declare for the 2010 NFL Draft.

"I am staying in school and looking forward to playing my final season of college football," Unga said. "I want to finish my college education, and I hope to play well and do my best as a senior to help our team."

The 6-foot, 237-pound Provo, Utah, native is BYU's all-time leading rusher with 3,455 yards over his first three seasons. He was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2009 after earning second-team accolades in 2008. He was a Freshman All-American and MWC Freshman of the Year in 2007.

Unga led the MWC in rushing in 2009 with 1,087 yards to help BYU achieve an 11-2 record and No. 12 final ranking. Unga rushed for 11 touchdowns and added one more score as a receiver during 12 games last season. BYU has posted a 32-7 record during Unga's three years, a standard topped by only five teams nationally.

"I fully support Harvey in his decision to continue with school and finish out his eligibility," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Harvey is a phenomenal football player and a fine person. I feel fortunate as a coach to continue working with him for another season."

The first Cougar running back to surpass 1,000 yards in three consecutive years, Unga returns with the chance to become only the ninth player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to gain 1,000 yards or more in four seasons. Players who have accomplished the feat include Tony Dorsett (Pittsburg, 1973-76), Amos Lawrence (North Carolina, 1977-80), Denvis Manns (New Mexico State, 1995-98), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin, 1996-99), Cedric Benson (Texas, 2002-05), DonTrell Moore (New Mexico, 2002-05), Tyrell Fenroy (Louisiana Lafayette, 2005-08) and Damion Fletcher (Southern Mississippi, 2006-09).

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