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Braylon Heard joins Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers now have a pair of former Wildcats in Bud Dupree and Braylon Heard.

By Jason Marcum

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Kentucky Wildcats running back Braylon Heard, the team announced Wednesday.

The Steelers also placed kicker Shaun Suisham on the Reserve/Injured List and running back Cameron Stingily on the Waived/Injured List and signed free agent wide receiver David Nelson.

As for Heard, the former Wildcat decided to forego his final season of college football this past January and declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. He later went undrafted and signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. Heard joins former Wildcat teammate Bud Dupree in Pittsburgh, whom they took with the No. 22 pick in this year's draft.

A transfer from Nebraska, Heard played one season at UK while appearing in 11 games and starting 10 during the 2014 season. Heard rushed for 366 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. His UK career started with a bang, running for a 73-yard touchdown and a 43-yard TD on his only two carries in the season-opening win over UT Martin.

He rushed six times for 67 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown run, in the upset of South Carolina. Heard also caught 21 passes for 108 yards last season and returned two kickoffs for a 33-yard average.

Heard spent the 2011 and ’12 seasons at Nebraska, where he rushed 77 times for 452 yards, a 5.9-yard average carry, and one touchdown.

Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, he was an all-state running back while leading Cardinal Mooney High School to the state championship during his senior season.