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Former BYU Favorite Kai Nacua Earns Another NFL Opportunity

Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Kai Nacua (12) returns an interception in Phoenix on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. BYU leads 9-0 at half. BYU won 18-16. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former BYU football star Kai Nacua, who finished his Cougar career fourth all-time in school history for interceptions has earned a new opportunity in the NFL.

On Monday, Nacua signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the Colts will be the fourth organization the former star safety at BYU has been affiliated with in the pros.

Prior to Training Camps opening up last month, Nacua was waived by the Carolina Panthers.  Nacua was with the Panthers organization throughout the entire off-season program.

In Nacua’s previous two seasons in the NFL, his highlight season was in his rookie campaign in 2017 with the Cleveland Browns.  With the Browns, Nacua played in 16 games and started in three and he recorded a total of 13 tackles that season.  Nacua hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2017.  Last year, Nacua was on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

With Nacua now signing with the Colts, there are now 14 former BYU players in the NFL.  In Nacua’s career at BYU from 2014-2016, he had 14 interceptions and 163 tackles in his Cougar career.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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