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Former Pitt All-American Agrees to Terms in the UFL

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Former Pitt defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman.

Jaylen Twyman has been through a lot during his quest to play professional football since leaving Pitt, but he’s received another opportunity.

Tywman — a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle from Washington, D.C. — agreed to terms Wednesday with the San Antonio Brahmas in the UFL, according to the league’s communication department.

The Brahmas are 5-2 through seven games this season, coming off a 15-12 win over the Houston Roughnecks in Week 7.

Twyman, who played three seasons at Pitt before opting out of the COVID season in 2020, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but his NFL career was derailed when he was the unintended victim in a June 2021 Washington, D.C. shooting.

He returned to the Vikings for offseason drills the following summer, but he was waived before the season began and assigned to the practice squad. He spent the following offseason with the Miami Dolphins but was cut before the season once again.

Twyman spent time with the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL last season but was released last April.

The opportunity with the Brahmas will come down the stretch of the UFL season, with just three weeks remaining in the regular season, and he will look to make an impact in a room that includes Tariqious Tisdale, Caeveon Patton, Prince Emili, Jacob Sykes, Taron Vincent and Jalen Dalton.

Twyman redshirted as a freshman at Pitt in 2017, after arriving as an under-the-radar three-star defensive tackle from H.D. Woodson in D.C., and he was a little-used rotational piece in 2018.

But he broke out as a second-team All-American and first-team All-ACC honoree following a 2019 season in which he recorded 41 tackles (23 solo), 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and defended two passes. With a team-high 11 sacks, he was the first Pitt defensive tackle to lead Pitt in sacks since Aaron Donald.

It’s been a long road for Twyman, but at just 24 years old, there could still be a long way to go in his journey, too.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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