Commentary: Position-by-position, why Utah's talent on the offensive line will flourish in 2013

Published: Sunday, July 28 2013 11:26 p.m. MDT

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The Utes should consider themselves fortunate to have this sophomore — he’s already an All-Pac-12 player. He earned an honorable mention last year as a true freshman. Now, he’s an All-America candidate that Whittingham has billed as Utah’s “next great lineman.”

The sophomore is 6-foot-5, 345 pounds but "light on his feet," Whittingham said. The Salt Lake media have assessed that the Las Vegas product may be Utah’s next great lineman. Coming out of Deseret Pines High School, Poutasi was a first-team all-state performer, a four-star recruit and 10th-rated offensive guard by Rivals.com. He was also named the top offensive lineman in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-America Game in Dallas.

This season may mark a track for Poutasi similar to the one his cousin Paul Fanaika found en route to the Seattle Seahawks franchise. That’s not a bad trajectory, especially considering he doesn’t even turn 19 until Aug. 7.
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Payson, UT

Success of the offense begins at the line and it looks like we're more than prepared at all five positions.

Given a more up-tempo approach to the offense, the depth at the O-line is critical. Ericsson must be elated at the situation he is coming into.

Go utes!

Sandy, UT

Just a quick correction. Junior Salt did not graduate from Highland, he graduated from Brighton in 2006, not 2005. At Brighton he played center and nose tackle. I graduated the same year as him and played on that same team.

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