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Uani ' Unga Athlete Profile

#41 Uani ' Unga

Position: Linebacker Height: 6-1 Weight: 233 Roster Years: 2011-2013 Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA Last School: Oregon State

National Honors

  • Named 2013 All-America to Honorable Mention
  • Named to the 2013 Butkus Award watch list

Conference Honors

  • Earned 2013 FBS All-Independent First Team selection
  • Named FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10/28) in 2013
  • Named to the 2013 College Sports Madness All-Independent Second Team
  • Named to the 2013 Phil Steele All-Independent First Team

Career Summary

Uani 'Unga transferred to BYU from Oregon State. He played in all 26 games and started in 12 during his two-year BYU career. He recorded 171 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups while lettering both seasons. Unga led the team in tackles as a senior and took No. 4 on BYU's all-time list for tackles in a single game with 19. His performance as a linebacker was a significant contribution to BYU's No. 3 national ranking in total defense in 2012. He also garnered several all-independent accolades and was named to the Butkus Award watch list. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 


  • Signed free agent deal with the New York Giants in 2014


  • Parents are Christopher and Ofa
  • Born in Pomona, California
  • Served an LDS mission to Guatemala
  • Married to wife Lachelle
  • Also goes by Devin
  • Twin brother, Feti, played at Oregon State
  • Brother, Paul, played football at Arizona State
  • Cousin Harvey Unga is BYU's all-time leading rusher and plays for the Chicago Bears
  • Uncle Tim Manoa also played in the NFL
  • Majoring in communications
  • Also recruited by Utah and UNLV

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Kahuku High
  • Won the state title during senior year
  • First team all-state by the Honolulu Advertiser
  • Played in the Hawai'i state all-star game following his senior season
  • Also a standout in basketball
  • Helped Kahuku win the state basketball title in 2005, the first for the school in four decades
  • Rated the 13th best basketball prospect in Hawaii
  • Named to the state tournament team in basketball

At Oregon State:

  • (2010) Played in 12 games, totaling 14 tackles
  • (2009) Played in all 13 games, registering 12 tackles
  • Played in the Las Vegas Bowl against BYU

2011 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules
  • Valuable member of scout team

2012 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Played in all 13 games
  • Recorded 28 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and a pass breakup on the year
  • Returned an interception for 22 yards against Idaho while also forcing a fumble and adding a season-high five tackles
  • Solid contributor to the No. 3 total defense

2013 | Senior Year

  • Named All-America to Honorable Mention
  • Earned FBS All-Independent First Team selection
  • Named to the Butkus Award watch list
  • Named FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (10/28)
  • Recorded 17 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery against Utah State
  • Tallied 17 tackles, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in the win over Boise State
  • Notched 15 tackles against Wisconsin
  • Set a new career-high and set a new career record at BYU with 19 tackles and added one tackle for loss against Notre Dame
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Second Team
  • Phil Steele All-Independent First Team