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Steelers Work Out Former WVU Long Snapper Rex Sunahara

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The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out former West Virginia long snapper Rex Sunahara on Monday, according to the NFL transactions page.

Sunahara had recently signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 1, but was waived just a few days later on Aug. 4.

WVU’s long snapper in 2018 and 2019, Sunahara was a semifinalist for the Patrick Mannely Award this past season, which goes to the nation’s top long snapper.

Sunahara began his collegiate career playing football and basketball at Rhode Island. He played both wide receiver and power forward before transferring to WVU ahead of the 2016 season. That rare athleticism for a long snapper made Sunahara a difficult player to replace for the Mountaineers this season.

The Steelers also worked out former Ohio State long snapper Liam McCullough. They have been dealing with an injury to regular long snapper Kameron Canaday.

The Mountaineers had four players sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents immediately following the draft – receiver George Campbell, safety Josh Norwood and corners Keith Washington and Hakeem Bailey. If given another contract, Sunahara would be the fifth.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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