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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21 2012 10:05 a.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Gilbert, AZ

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.


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.

Mcallen, TX

Again, Utah gains from former Cougars.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

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?

Frisco, TX

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.

Warren Kay
Holladay, UT

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

Cedar Hills, UT


"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.


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

West Jordan, Utah

Thank you Star.

Stay healthy and we wish you the best.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

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


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

Mcallen, TX


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.


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

Cedar Hills, UT


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.

Highland, UT


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.

Highland, UT


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.

Orem, UT


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.

West Jordan, Utah

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

Idaho Falls, ID

Long on talnet - short on motor.

Springville, UT


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

Idaho Falls, ID

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!

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