Camp Q&A: RB Harvey Unga

The Chicago Bears have not run the football well in short-yardage or goal-line situations lately. Perhaps that's precisely why Harvey Unga is in Bourbonnais. Unga talked with JC after practice Sunday.

John Crist: From what I understand, you got married the same day you were selected by the Bears in Round 7 of the supplemental draft. Now I'm somewhat of a newlywed myself, so that's supposed to be the happiest day of your life. I can't imagine how that daily double must have felt.

Harvey Unga: Words can't express how happy I was. It was a time of anxiousness, excitement, just happy to get married and everything. And then to get the news that I had in the supplemental draft, more excitement and more great news added on to that. But definitely, getting married and, like you said, being a newlywed, it's an exciting time. It's crazy. It's fun. [But] it's tough at the same time. I miss my wife. I miss my family and stuff, but it's been great being out here. This is a great team. I love the guys around me and stuff. I'm just excited to be here.

JC: You got dismissed from the BYU team for doing things that, let's face it, you're expected to do at every other program in the country: pre-marital sex. And then you go off and marry the girl shortly thereafter. You had a great career in Provo, but is there any bitterness as to how it all came to an end?

HU: No, it is what it is. At BYU, you've got your rules and whatnot, and if you break the rules, you pay the consequences. It is what it is. For me to be bitter, that's not even the case at all. I have no bitterness. I love Provo, I love BYU, and I still love it. I'll always love BYU and Provo, and you just move on with things.

JC: Going back to the days of LaVell Edwards, BYU has always had a high-flying offense that's fun to watch. Now you've got Mike Martz here with the Bears. What were your thoughts when you first opened that playbook?


RB Harvey Unga
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HU: A lot of the plays, they look quite similar to some of the plays that we ran [at BYU]. But in terms of the names and everything and the blocking schemes, it's different. There's a lot more to it at this level, but I'm trying to adjust and I'm trying to understand everything as quick as possible. But it's the NFL, you know? They don't mess around over here, so I'm just trying to jump on this and get it on and just learn things as quick as possible.

JC: I imagine you're in Chicago partly because this offense has had trouble running the ball in short-yardage and goal-line situations for a few seasons now. Do you have a different mentality on a 1st-and-10 carry as opposed to a 3rd-and-1 carry?

HU: No, I mean, watching the way that Matt [Forte] and Chester [Taylor] run the ball, they're gunning for that touchdown every single time that they're in there. Whether it's 1st and 10, 1st and 20 or 3rd and 1, their main goal is to get into the end zone, however. These guys are smart, and they know what they're doing. They know where the sticks are, and they're going to try to fight their way through there. So I'm just trying to learn from the vets over here and take a note or two from what they're doing and implement it as best as I can, and, hopefully, when I get the chance, I'll make the most of it.

JC: Some fans are wondering if you're going to get a look at fullback. Have you and running backs coach Tim Spencer talked about that as an option, or are you a ball carrier?

HU: Honestly, I'll do whatever the team needs me to do, to be honest. If they need me to play fullback, I'd love to play fullback. If they want me to play tailback, I'd love to play tailback. But right now, I'm not really in that kind of situation, to have the luxury to choose what I want to be. And Coach Spencer, he's getting a good feel for where he wants me at. So as far as I'm concerned, I'll do whatever they ask of me and take it and run with it and do whatever I can to help the team out.


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