Justin Peato Ena, the former line breaker with the Philadelphia Eagles, who most recently was the defensive line coach at San Diego State, was appointed the new defensive assistant coach in Jay Hill’s coaching staff at BYU Cougars. The news was announced by the college football team on Monday.

“Justin and I played together at BYU, and I’ve followed closely his coaching career over the years,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said in a statement.  

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Who is Justin Ena? 

Ena was born in Provo, Utah, grew up in Shelton, Washington, and earned his high school diploma there in 1996. Ena began attending Brigham Young University in the spring of 1997. He immediately signed on as a linebacker for the BYU Cougars football team, redshirting the 1997 campaign.

Ena played in 11 games during his rookie season with BYU in 1998, recording 22 tackles and one interception. Ena then participated in all 12 games in 1999, making 49 tackles and blocking a kick. Ena was selected for the Mountain West Conference’s (MWC) second team that year.

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He graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in history.

Ena joined the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2002, following the 2002 NFL Draft. Ena participated in 25 regular season games throughout the 2002 and 2003 seasons, mostly on special teams, recording 18 tackles.

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Ena had four postseason appearances over those years, recording three tackles. On September 6, 2004, Ena signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans after the Eagles released him. Ena recorded 32 tackles, four for a loss, one pass defended, and five starts in 16 games while participating.

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Ena joined the Eagles once more on November 15th, 2005. He made six appearances and nine tackles.