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Utah Utes football: Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei named first-team AP All-American

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012 4:05 p.m. MST

Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) gets a nice tackle during Pac-12 football  in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) gets a nice tackle during Pac-12 football in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Senior defensive tackle Star Lotulelei became Utah’s fourth first-team Associated Press All-American on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound senior joins defensive tackle Luther Elliss (1994), offensive tackle Jordan Gross (2002) and kicker Louie Sakoda (2008) in earning such recognition.

Lotulelei, who was named a Walter Camp All-American last week, made 42 tackles this season — including a team-high 11 behind the scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman also had five sacks, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Besides the four first-team honorees, nine other Utes have received All-America recognition from AP over the years. Recipients include: fullback Earl Pomeroy (third team, 1939); quarterback Lee Grosscup (second team, 1957); defensive back Norm Thompson (second team, 1970); defensive tackle Steve Clark (third team, 1981); offensive guard Carlton Walker (second team, 1984); offensive tackle Anthony Brown (third team, 1994); defensive back Morgan Scalley (second team, 2004); defensive back Eric Weddle (second team, 2006); and offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff (third team, 2010).

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