Utah Utes football: Star Lotulelei reaches for the stars in the classroom


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  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2012 9:51 p.m.

    Great job Star. You made the right decision for yourself, your immediate family, and future NFL career. Do what you have to do now, get a college degree and finish out a great football year at Utah. The rest of your life will take care of itself. 'Ofa atu.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 9, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    Looks like FYI took care of this. ute "fans" back to your holes.


  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    April 8, 2012 11:50 p.m.

    As published in the Dnews July 5, 2011:

    "The baseline to enroll at BYU and to be part of its football program is a 3.3 GPA, coupled with a 19 on the ACT. There is a bit of a sliding scale, as someone could qualify with a 3.0 GPA and a 24 on the ACT, according to coaches, but they try to stick as closely to the stated "baseline" as possible.

    Most schools, particularly state schools, don't have enrollment requirements quite as high as BYU's. Utah, due to its joining the Pac-12, recently raised theirs to a baseline of a 2.6 GPA and an 18 on the ACT while Utah State calls for a 2.5 minimum GPA and a 19 on the ACT."

    April 8, 2012 9:53 p.m.


    Duckhunter knows everything there is to know about football, academic standards, stadium capacity, hot dog prices at college football games, etc. If he says that Star didn't qualify for BYU's ultra high standards for incoming football players (3.95 min. gpa i think right ducky?), then we should believe him no questions asked.

  • skiphish Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2012 2:33 p.m.


    You claimed that "Utah...has much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much lower academic standards than does BYU".

    I'm curious to learn what specific academic standards you had in mind when you made that claim.

    Did you have in mind the average incoming high school GPA of students at the respective schools?

    If so, the average incoming high school GPA of University of Utah students is a 3.5, and the average incoming high school GPA of BYU students is a 3.8.

    Do you really consider a three tenths of a point differential "much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much lower"?

    Probably not, so perhaps you had in mind the respective school's minimum GPA in order to remain in good academic standing.

    If so, the minimum GPA in order to remain in good academic standing at the University of Utah is a 2.0. The minimum GPA in order to remain in good standing at BYU is also a 2.0.

    Therefore, I'm guessing you didn't actually have any standards in mind when you made that claim.

    Snobbery is sufficiently unbecoming in itself. Uninformed snobbery is worse. Unjustified snobbery is worst.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 7, 2012 7:42 p.m.

    "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.

  • raisedaute Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    @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.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    April 6, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    Yeah. BYU is the Northwestern of Utah County.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 6, 2012 4:07 p.m.

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

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 6, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    @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.

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    April 6, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    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!

  • JP Skillet Murray, UT
    April 6, 2012 1:28 p.m.

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

  • umanami Draper, UT
    April 6, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 6, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    Where is his younger brother going to play college ball?

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    April 6, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    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.

    GO UTES!

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    April 6, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    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

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 6, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    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

  • TexasGirlAUte Draper, UT
    April 6, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    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!!!

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 6, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    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!

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    April 6, 2012 12:31 a.m.

    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

  • Zona Zone Mesa, AZ
    April 6, 2012 12:20 a.m.

    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!!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2012 12:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2012 11:07 p.m.

    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!

    April 5, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    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!

    April 5, 2012 10:32 p.m.

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