When BYU takes the field for its game later on today against No. 15 Texas, the Cougars could have have one of its emotional leaders on the defensive side of the ball available.. Or they couldn’t. One of the two.
In the season-opening loss to Virginia last week, Uani Unga suffered what was later diagnosed as a chest contusion. The injury occurred early in the first quarter, but the starting inside linebacker played through the pain until late in the fourth quarter when “he just couldn’t go any more,” head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
While tests revealed no significant damage, Unga was sidelined for practice throughout the week — the Salt Lake Tribune notes that the player couldn’t even do a pushup — leaving Mendenhall to take a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to the linebacker’s availability versus the Longhorns.
“That’s a good question. We are hoping,” the coach said.
Unga, a former Oregon State Beaver making his first career Cougar start , was credited with a career-high 10 tackles despite the injury in the opener.
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