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Utah Utes football: Despite Utes' 4-7 season, Star Lotulelei's stock still rising

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  • #utesnation Centerville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    @hedgelog

    So tell me how it feels to be dominated for the last decade by this so called "loser"

    3 in a row and 8 of 11

    You cougies are full of arrogance bringing up the guys grades. He's a stud on the field and that's what the article is about. Don't bring up stuff like that trying to make the him look bad.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    indycrimson

    It's funny how Utah fans keep trying to justify their miserable failure of a season by pointing to barely winning a game that BYU handed to them on a missed-snap scoop and score.

    If that helps you feel better about finishing the season in the couch potato bowl, knock yourself out!

    As disappointing as BYU's season was, at least the Cougars will be playing in a bowl.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 23, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    @motorbike

    Only one problem with what you are falsely claiming, it is false. Star could not have "still gone to the Y" because they did not offer him after Snow. Now I think that was a huge mistake and failure on the part of the BYU coaching staff, one of many they have made the last several years, but they did not want to take a chance on him academically again. So despite your weak attempt to make yourself feel better about utah's desirability to recruits it is just plain false.

    Also if utah is such a desirable place for this family then why hasn't the younger brother committed to utah yet? From what I have heard he is leaning BYU, his fathers alma mater. You would think he would have accepted the utah offer immediately.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 11:25 p.m.

    sammy, I'd love to find an NFL scout who would ever say anything along those lines. Literally the only position where number of wins recorded are ever talked about in the media is the QB position, but even then, among NFL scouts, it's not that important. Like I said before, stick to talking about cable tv, you've got something going for yourself there.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    sammyg,

    You're really reaching. Sometimes it's better to just admit you're wrong.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 9:40 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    "Oh and Sharp willingly left utah, couldn't leave fast enough. Star would have gladly stayed at BYU if he could have been admitted. Pretty big difference."

    Only one problem with what you and others are saying ... Star absolutely could've still gone to the Y once he finished JC classes, and yes the Y still wanted him. So it's not quite the "big difference" you speak of.

  • indycrimson Franklin, IN
    Nov. 22, 2012 8:41 p.m.

    It's funny how the Y fans keep talking about how bad Utah was this year but we beat them which makes them worse than us

    What a bunch??!!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    StG

    Utes were so good for Star. What a 'stellar' wasted opportunity he had in the PAC12 as a Ute this year. Just imagine had he had the opportunity to have been on a real winning team in the PAC12 or some other conference as a senior.

    There's no doubt that he will go high in the draft but had the Ute coaching staff had done their jobs better Star would have had more opportunities to perform.

    It's a moot point but a valid one. Losers do not help their NFL draft picks nearly as much as winners.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    sammy, dying to hear your spin on how a team's record impacts an NFL scout's evaluation.

  • hedgelog Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 22, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Good luck Star. Too bad your grades weren't better. We would have loved too see you at the Y. Let this be a lesson to you young guys.. . Hit the books or you will end up playing for a loser!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 22, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Motormouth

    Dying to hear your spin as to why Star is a stronger draft pick coming from a losing team.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 21, 2012 11:44 p.m.

    Long on talnet - short on motor.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2012 11:35 p.m.

    Thanks for the rundown true blue (baby I love you).

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    utahcountyute

    As Duckhunter has already posted, Star Lotulelei originally signed with Brigham Young University, but did not qualify academically, and spent what would have been his freshman season delivering furniture for a store in Salt Lake City. Eventually, he enrolled at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

    A native of Tonga, Lotulelei attended Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah. Playing defensive lineman at 240 pounds, he helped the team win a state title in 2006.

    Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Loluletei was listed as the No. 3 overall prospect from Utah. However, he was overshadowed by Oregon-bound Simi Fili, who was labeled the best defensive lineman from Utah since Haloti Ngata, but eventually bounced around between junior colleges before falling into obscurity.

    In 2010, he arrived at the University of Utah, making the starting lineup for the Utes' final three games of the season.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    @utahcountyute

    Oh and Sharp willingly left utah, couldn't leave fast enough. Star would have gladly stayed at BYU if he could have been admitted. Pretty big difference.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    @utahcountyute

    Star signed with BYU out of HS, it is where he wanted to go and he would be there now if he could have cut it academically. That said he appears to be perfectly happy with how things turned out for him and he is undoubtedly a stud and will be a high draft pick. I wish him well and congratulate him for what he has accomplished after the early setback.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    Worf

    I'm sure you'll try and say Riley is an Aggie. lol

    How about Josh Sharp, is he a Ute because he signed with them first?

    How about the BCS bowl money that the Y so gladly pocketed from the Utes success?

    Keep the laughs coming.

  • D4inSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Doug fan in tx,
    What are you saying? That Ute fans are anti Sunday school? Give us a break.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 21, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    utahcountyute,

    Sorry! I mis-spoke.

    None of the ute coaching staff were cougs either.

    Utes never drew funds of off Cougar TV revenue while in the WAC, and MWC.

    Sorry bout that.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Typical cheap shots by BYU "fans" on another Utah article. Don't you have anything better to do?

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:49 p.m.

    Star is a beast; I'd love to see him in a Seahawks uniform!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    Thank you Star.

    Stay healthy and we wish you the best.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Phoenix

    "It's too bad your Senior season was largely wasted on inept recruiting and coaching at the quarterback position. You deserved better."

    Was byU's situation any better? Uh, not hardly and you better hope that your team even has a QB next year.

    Also, in reference to the "grades". Being academically ineligible is more than just grades and you probably know this but it just would not fit in your little jab. Nice.

    Worf

    He was never a coug. Please don't claim other wise.

  • Warren Kay Holladay, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    I love Star! He is great. But he won't go # 1. Let's not be homers.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 21, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    I doubt Star will go #1, but every indication is that he and Te'o will be in the Top 10. To have two LDS kids drafted in the Top 10 is significant. It's amazing what, some Ute fans call, "sunday school boys" can do.

    @cb - there is no way Utah gets a bowl invite with a 5-7 record. There is a chance that bowls may have to pick a team or two with a 5-7 record to fill spots, but they will have the opportunity to pick teams that have a bigger following than Utah. It's all about cheeks in the seats and eyeballs on the tube.

    However, I wish the rules were changed to require a winning record (7-5 or better) to be bowl eligible. There are way too many bowls, and it's time for a few of them to go away.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    But wait, sammyg had just told us Star was on the decline due to Utah's rough season ... I'm confused at who I should believe?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 21, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Again, Utah gains from former Cougars.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 21, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Chris B

    "Sounds like because so many teams have had tough seasons, we may sneak into a bowl after all!"

    Utah getting into a bowl with a 5-7 record would be more of an embarrassment, than an achievement.

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    Good luck to Star in the NFL. I hope you are the #1 pick in the draft and have a great NFL career. Wish you would have had the grades to be admitted to BYU when you were a Freshman.

    It's too bad your Senior season was largely wasted on inept recruiting and coaching at the quarterback position. You deserved better.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Sounds like because so many teams have had tough seasons, we may sneak into a bowl after all!

    Star is a beast and will be missed. Classy player who represents our university and state so well.

    Chalk up another NFL draft pick for Kyle Whittingham. If my numbers are right, that brings close to 20 players that Kyle has recruited that ended up in the NFL.

    Other teams in Utah would love to have 3 from their head coaches.