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Former Utah RB TJ Pledger Receives Minicamp Invite From Cardinals

May 1, 2022, 1:31 PM
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Running back TJ Pledger #5 of the Utah Utes rushes the football against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Utes running back TJ Pledger received a minicamp invite from the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted following the 2022 NFL Draft.

Pledger shared the news via Twitter on Sunday, May 1.

“Chin up Chest Out.. appreciate Cardinals for invite to minicamp,” Pledger tweeted.

The Cardinals posted an 11-6 record and reached the playoffs in 2021.

About TJ Pledger

During his only season with the Utes, Pledger helped Utah win the Pac-12 Championship and a Rose Bowl Game bid for the first time in program history.

During his lone season with Utah, the former Oklahoma player recorded 97 carries for 671 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He surpassed the 100-yard mark in four games this season.

In Utah’s win over Stanford on November 5, 2021, Pledger scored on a 96-yard touchdown run. The run is the longest rushing play and the second-longest play from scrimmage in Utah football history.

In his college career, Pledger carried the ball 232 times for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes out of the backfield for 196 yards.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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