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Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

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CO Ute

What a great kid and an equally great player. He is going to create some serious problem for opposing offenses this year.


Of course the education aspect is invaluable, although there are a lot of guys that finish up their degrees after coming out early, but I think this was also a wise career move as well.

Anybody who's seen Star play knows that he's a first round talent, evidenced by the votes of the offensive linemen in the conference. The problem is outside of the conference most on a national level hadn't seen him play, and any who had likely knew that because most others hadn't they could pick him up in probably the 3rd round for a fraction of the price tag of his real value.

I expect he'll sign a contract next summer worth much more in his first year than what his first two or three years would have been had he entered the draft this year. In any event, I'm glad to see him back and excited about what he can achieve going forward!

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

Star is not only a great player but a great person as well. I'm so glad he stayed with the Utes for his senior year. He will be a force next year for the Utes defense - I'm sure teams are going to have to double team him which will open up room for the Kruger brothers to do some damage.

Looking forward to football season!

Salt Lake City, UT

I wish Star nothing but the best. He will be one of the key players for Utah against the Trojans.

StGtoSLC, you confuse the NFL draft with popularity polls like All American. NFL teams will watch tape of every game he's played, they have seen him play in person, they will test him at combine and at Utah's Pro Day. Teams often get it wrong in picking, but it wouldn't be because he flew under the radar as a junior. He'd have been a first or second rounder this year, and barring injury, he'll be a first or second rounder next year.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

I am proud and happy for Star. This is great. I like that he stayed for his senior to finish up his degree. At least then if football doesn't work out, he will be able to fall back on his degree in ... SOCIOLOGY?! Oh no!!

Las Vegas, NV

I hope it will work out for him. With regard to college degree the opportunity to get it will always be there for as long as he wants. The risk of injury and the chances of him repeating the last season's success will be very hard given that all the teams will pay more attention to him than they did last season. If he gets hurt or failed to live up to expectations he may not be drafted and go as free agent loosing a tonne... I think he has a lot more to loose staying. Best of luck bro

Pleasant Grove, UT

The is a beast on the field. It is great to see that he has his head on straight too. Maybe he can join Coach Whitt's corp of home-grown coaching talent when he is finished playing (may that be ever-so-long). Good luck, Star!

Draper, UT

Gotta love this kid. He's got such a solid head on his shoulders and obviously makes good decisions. I'm very excited to watch him play this fall. He's definitely important to our Defense. What a stud!!!

Saratoga Springs, UT

He is a great example to the polynesian young and old. He is also a stud sounds like a great kid and family man. Remember football will end one day, then what do u do with the rest of your life.Go Utes

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

This guy in undoubtedly first round talent. Many think think that getting a college football is "less" than an academic scholarship. I couldn't disagree more.

It all depends on what you do with it. Star will become a great NFL player, but all know he's only one hit away from it all crumbling too.

By getting his degree, it not only for him but for all the other players who think NFL is the only saving grace. AS one person put it, "PLaying college football isn't a four year decision, it's a 40 year decision.

Congrats and good luck.

GO Utes


Part of me wants Star back, but part of me wanted him to enter the draft. I worry that he could be hurt when he has already proven he is a 1st or 2nd round talent. I'm glad Sealver told him what to do. I feel like Siliga got some bad advice and is struggling to make it in the NFL.

The degree will help when he comes back in 15 years as a grad assistant.

Here's to a strong and injury free year.


Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Where is his younger brother going to play college ball?

Draper, UT

I have been to most of the practices this spring and what I see from this team over years past, is that they are looking more and more like a PAC12 team. The speed, size, athleticism, and depth at most positions is incredible. They are much further along at this time than they were last year. This could be a very good year for Utah Utes football.

JP Skillet
Murray, UT

I thought BYU didn't lose recruits to Anyone? Interesting...

Tempe, AZ

Star was one of my favortie players to watch last year. Watching him blow up plays and destroy blicking schemes was great.

I wish him another great season and an opportunity to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft when the time comes. He's a great athlete and example. If you want to get a sense of how classy he is you should watch his Morris Trophy acceptance speech.

Go Star! Go Utes!

Highland, UT

@jp skillet

BYU didn't "lose" him to the utes, he couldn't qualify academically for BYU even though he committed to them. He still couldn't qualify academically for BYU after he went to Snow and if you actually bothered to read the article his High School coach said he barely qualified at utah which has much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much lower academic standards than does BYU.

As for Star himself, well he is a beast, absolutely. I wish he would have been academically capable of keeping his committment to BYU and not had to settle on going to utah. But I am glad to see he eventually realized what is important and applied himself to getting it done. I have no doubt he'll be a good NFL player and no doubt when he is finished with the NFL he'll do more good things as he seems to be a fine person on top of being a very good football player.

West Jordan, Utah

I am thrilled Star came back for a senior run. I wish him good health, a degree, and a long future in the NFL.

Wally West

@ Duckhunter

Yeah. BYU is the Northwestern of Utah County.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Ernest T Bass

I don't know where his brother is going to college but.... he has been at spring ball most sessions and in the Dline huddle listening in.

Looks like he could be a Ute, and why wouldn't he be? Look at the U's record for putting Dlinemen into the league.

Ann Arbor, MI

"his High School coach said he barely qualified at utah which has much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much lower academic standards than does BYU." - Ducky


Seeing that you're personal friends with both the Utah and bYu coaching staffs and have a deep understand of the SPECIFIC academic requirements of both Utah and ByU. Can you enlighten all of us on the SPECIFIC differences between the two programs?
What if theGPA needed for an incoming bYu football player/Utah football player?

Can't wait to see your response.

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