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Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 11:25 a.m. MST

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West Valley City, UT

@Duckhunter. You must love getting embarrassed on here.
GO UTES! And GO Star Lotuleilei


Hmm, sammyg sure seemed to be right on this one. The Utes' bad season really seems to have hurt Star's draft status, dropping from a consensus preseason top 10 pick projection to a postseason consensus top 3 pick projection. Don't know why we don't give the guy more credibility

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

OF CORSE............Star is a stud

Provo, UT

@utahcountyute I'll see your #1 overall pick and raise you two superbowl winning QB's and 1 heisman. Also, what does it say about your #1 guy when #24 from the same draft has an MVP trophy and a supberbowl ring?

Good luck to star, ziggy, and everyone else from utah looking to get drafted.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

This fellow is already a big star. Get it?

South Jordan, UT

I played high school ball with Star. I'm not a Ute fan, but I wish him the best. He's a good Guy, and he's living the dream. All you people arguing and insulting these kids ought to be ashamed. All three of these kids are incredible athletes hopefully they can have long successful careers as pros.

Salt Lake City, UT


Where a player plays has a tremendous impact on their career. Jim Plunkett struggled at New England, won two Super Bowls for the Raiders. You really think Steve Young would've been an HOF QB in Tampa Bay? I doubt HE thinks so. I'm a BYU fan and I root for Alex Smith.


In the same breath, I'll take an HOF, NFL MVP and/or Super Bowl Winner QB over a #1 draft pick. Alex Smith is no Steve Young OR Jim McMahon. He is, of course, more recent, and as a Cougar, I'd like to see BYU have a more recent example to give you. We'd both like to see our teams have more recent success.

Highland, UT


Ok that is great and all but ultimately the player has to perform regardless of his circumstances. Everything is is just 'coulda, shoulda, woulda" stuff and in the case of smith there is absolutely no convincing case that can be made that what he has done has proven him to be worthy of being the overall #1 pick. Now Star has the chance to do that although I doubt he goes #1, it will much more likely be a qb. But I think he is legit and will be a quality NFL player, I never thought smith with amount to much of anything.

What is more fun is all of the utah "fans" claiming that none of it was smiths fault, it's everyone else that has caused him to be so mediocre, blah, blah, blah. He just got benched for a 2nd round pick. Hopefully Star has a more distinguished and accomplished career than that and hopefully it will be good enough that utah "fans" won't have to spend the next 10 years telling us how star "coulda" been great if not for everyone else.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

I love Ziggy's story, the little bit that I know. I love to see a guy come out of no where and surprise us all, ala Wes Mathews, or Jeremy Lin. Ziggy is an amazing beast of a football player. I hope he has a great and long career in the NFL.

Star is an awesome representative for the state of Utah and for the University of Utah. It has been a great ride watching him each week.

Best of luck to all three of them.

Salem, UT

BYU haters and Utah haters.... calm down. These are three studs on the gridiron that any of us would have given our favorite child to have had them on our team (okay, maybe a little over dramatic but you get the point) These guys are studs and I wish all three, long and successful careers! Go Cougs!

Cottonwood Heights, UT


"Also, what does it say about your #1 guy when #24 from the same draft has an MVP trophy and a supberbowl ring?"

It says that Green Bay already had a much better team of talent surrounding their very talented quarterback - you should know this, it's right there in the draft numbers you posted.

Springville, UT


Still reeling from my PAC10.2 Network predictions I see.

If Star doesn't go as #1 then who are we to blame? The lousy team he played on, the coaches, the conference, bad luck, or the team that passed him up?

You're certainly making a mountain out of molehill. Never have I criticized the player nor his opportunity in the NFL, just the silly fans that get so worked up over nothing.

Enjoy the Jabari drama and the Poinsettia bowl!


sammyg: "Never have I criticized the player nor his opportunity in the NFL, just the silly fans that get so worked up over nothing."

That is not the same tune from a couple weeks ago. So do you include yourself in that criticism of silly fans?

"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.

4:53 p.m. Nov. 22, 2012"

Springville, UT


Did I criticize the player? Not hardly.

Nice try.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

Good luck to Star and all the other in state potential draft picks as well. I would love to see Reggie Dunn make a team as well he has the chance to be a good returner in the NFL.

I'm not sure why this article causes many coug fans to bag on Alex Smith - the guy has been one of the best QB's in the league the last two seasons. He is also one of the better persons in the league which is pretty rare these days. I guess the jealousy just clouds your vision.

Good luck Star and Go Utes!


sammy, never said you criticized the player, only his "opportunity in the NFL" as you put it. Your backtracking now is as obvious as your reaching for something to knock on the team with in the previous article. Nice try.

West Jordan, Utah

Duckhunter taking his best shots at Utah again. As usual these shots are weak and bitter. Is playing devil's advocate fulfilling?

Springville, UT


The NFL draft and Star's ultimate selection is this year's Ute booby prize to culminate a losing season. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Ute fans such as yourself are desperate for any kind of success and the NFL draft is all that's left of two abysmal seasons in the PAC12.

So after all the hype of the season anything less than Star going at #1 will be taken by several of you Ute fans as an injustice and personal failure. I find this hilarious as I'm sure he will be just as grateful to be picked at other numbers. This is the kind of mentality that is fun to observe. That's what's so funny about you Ute fans and I so enjoy being a part of the discussion.

So out of a lousy team that could not make a bowl game there is a silver lining.

BYU has never had any NFL stars. (sarcasm)

I've never followed the NFL until Alex Smith lost his starting QB roll two weeks ago. (more sarcasm)

I'll be watching USU today, the team that beat U. hohoho!



24-21. And 3 in a row, 4 out of 5, 8 out of 11, and 56-34-4 overall.

We own you.


sammy, with more deflection and just saying anything you can to trash the team, you've proven my point. Thank you.

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