Josh Ferrin, Deseret News

BYU has had a lot of players go on to play in the NFL over the years, but how many are there in the 2012 season or preseason? In no particular order, here are the players that BYU says are in the NFL. The list in no particular order.

Brett Keisel
Keith Srakocic, AP

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Position: Defensive End

Years pro: 9

Draft pick: 7th round, 2002 draft

Dennis Pitta
Mel Evans, AP

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Position: Tight End

Years pro: 2

Draft pick: 4th round, 2010

After setting BYU's career receptions record at 221, Pitta was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. In his second year in the NFL, Pitta caught 40 passes for over 400 yards and three touchdowns.



Austin Collie
AJ Mast, AP

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Position: Wide Receiver

Years pro: 3

Draft pick: 4th round, 2009 draft

After a strong football career at BYU, Collie decided to forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft. During his rookie season with the Colts, Collie had 60 receptions and seven receiving touchdowns.

His success in the NFL would be short-lived as he would go on to suffer from several concussions and a ruptured tendon in his knee.

Mike Holmgren
Amy Sancetta, AP

Team: Cleveland Browns

Position: President

Second year with team

Holmgren was an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers from 1986-91. He then went on to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1992-98 where his team went to two super bowls, winning one.

After his stint with the Packers, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as the team's new head coach and general manager. Holmgren was relieved of his managerial duties after the 2002 season but he remained the team's head coach. He became the president of the Browns in 2009.

Brian Kehl
STUART JOHNSON, Deseret News

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Position: Linebacker

Years pro: 4

Draft pick: 4th round, 2008 draft

Kehl was drafted by the New York Giants but he has also been with the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins. He now plays for the Chiefs.

Travis Bright
Jason Olson, Deseret News

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Offensive Guard

Years pro: 3

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

After going undrafted, Bright signed with the Cowboys in 2009 and has been with the team ever since.

John Denney
Wilfredo Lee, AP

Team: Miami Dolphins

Position: Long Snapper

Years pro: 7

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

Denney signed with the Dolphins in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. Through his first three seasons, Dolphins kickers made 100 percent of their extra point attempts with Denney snapping the ball.

Andy Reid
Gene J. Puskar, AP

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Head Coach, executive VP football operations

Years pro: 12

Reid has been the head coach of the Eagles since 1999 and the executive VP of football operations since 2001. Under Reid, the Eagles have been to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in 2004.

Todd Watkins
August Miller, Deseret News

Team: Free agent

Position: Wide Receiver

Years pro: 4

Draft pick: 7th round, 2006 draft

After being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, Watkins spent the majority of his rookie year with the practice squad. He joined the Atlanta Falcons practice squad in 2007, then joined the Raiders in 2008. He signed with the New York Giants in 2011 but was later waived.

Dallas Reynolds
Jason Olson, Deseret News

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Center

Years pro: 3

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

Reynolds signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He later resigned with the team after being waived. He was on the Eagles practice team for three seasons before he made his first start in the NFL.

Ryan Denney
David Duprey, AP

Team: Free Agent

Position: Defensive End

Years pro: 9

Draft pick: 2nd round, 2002 draft

Denney played with the Bills until the 2010 season when the team said it would not offer him a new contract. The Houston Texans picked him up that same year. Denney was later waived by the Texans.

Manase Tonga
Ed Zurga, AP

Team: Free agent

Position: Full Back

Years pro: 1

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

The Raiders signed Tonga as an undrafted free agent after the 2010 NFL draft. The Raiders released Tonga in the 2012 preseason.

David Nixon
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Team: Free agent

Position: Linebacker

Years pro: 1

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

The Raiders signed Nixon after the 2009 NFL draft but was waived in 2010. In 2010, he played in three regular season games for the Texans, before being cut. In that same year, he was signed by the Rams to be on the practice squad.

He signed with the Dolphins, then resigned with the Rams before signing with the Carolina Panthers in 2012. The Panthers waived him at the end of the preseason.

John Beck
Chuck Burton, AP

Team: Free agent

Position: Quarterback

Years pro: 5

Draft pick: 2nd round, 2007 draft

After an injury to Dolphins' starting quarterback Trent Green, Beck won the starting job for Miami after the team started the season 0-8. He started five games for the Dolphins, losing all five. Beck was later replaced as the starting quarterback and the Dolphins finished the season 1-15.

Beck then went to the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans. He was waived earlier in the 2012 season.



Harvey Unga
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Team: Free Agent

Position: Running Back

Years pro: 1

Draft pick: 7th round, 2010

Unga ran for over 1,000 yards in only 11 games as the starting running back for the Cougars. He was named the Mountain West Conference freshmen of the year in 2007.

After being drafted by the Bears, Unga was waived in August 2012, then signed to the team's practice squad, then waived in October.

Aaron Francisco
Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

Team: Free agent

Position: Defensive Back

Years pro: 6

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

Francisco singed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He has also played for the Panthers, Colts, Lions and Titans.

Brady Poppinga
Mike Roemer, AP

Team: Free agent

Position: Linebacker

Years pro: 7

Draft pick: 4th round, 2005

After playing for the Packers for six seasons, Poppinga was signed by the Rams in 2011. He is currently a free agent.

Ray Feinga
LM Otero, AP

Team: Free agent

Position: Offensive Guard

Years pro: 1

Draft pick: Undrafted free agent

The St. Louis Rams picked up Feinga in 2009 but cut him from the team shortly thereafter. In that same season he signed with the Chargers but was waived from the team in that same season. The Dolphins signed him in 2011 and waived him in late September, 2012.

Fui Vakapuna
Al Behrman, AP

Team: Free agent

Position: Running Back

Years pro: 2

Draft pick: 7th round, 2009

After his rookie preseason, Vakapuna was released by the Bengals. He then went to the Arizona Cardinals to play on the team's practice squad only to return to the Bengals. In Nov. 2009, he resigned with the Bengals.

He signed with the New York Jets in May 2012 but was waived a few months later after an injury settlement.

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