Ute football: New name, same game for Utah defensive end Nate Orchard


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  • Roger Jolly Maricopa, AZ
    March 27, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    I believe Nate will be ready. If he has the focus and will. Then that's all he needs to be successful. Congratulations on the start of your new family Nate. Lead by example and never give up.

    Third year in the Pac-12, should be interesting.

    Go UTES!

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    I would change my name too after the last two seasons.

  • dUrrdy-bUrrdz BurdVille, UT
    March 27, 2013 9:44 a.m.


    Steve is the new D-line coach at Idaho St.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    The NFL is in his future, no doubt about that. Like Star, we need to appreciate the time we have with him.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 27, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Gaining 20-lbs by August is a very aggressive goal. I hope Nate can back that promise up with results. Good luck Nate.

    GO UTES!!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    March 27, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    A rose by any other name is still a rose, just as prickly and adoringly beautiful when it blossoms. So whether it's Orchard, Fakahafua or whatever, he'll still be the same young stud he was before the name change I hope. I wish him luck in all his games except when he plays my boys in blue.

  • umanami Draper, UT
    March 27, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Correction under extra points: Steve Fifita is an assistant coach with the Utes, not Idaho State.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 27, 2013 5:13 a.m.

    I love the old name (real one) but I get why he changed it.

    March 26, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    My only hope is that with how much weight Nate has added so quickly, and is continuing to add, that he can maintain the speed and athleticism that made him such a valuable member of the recruiting class two years ago.

    Last year, Fakahafua showed great explosion, strength and intensity in rushing the passer, but was not always the most disciplined, picking up several penalties, and sometimes not breaking down to make tackles on scrambles or the runner getting past him.

    Hopefully Orchard will put the entire game together this year, and can play explosively, but also smart and within himself, and be a great leader on the defensive line. He's got great potential as a player, and turns into more impressive of a man every day. Proud of him and what he's accomplished, and there's still a lot more he can achieve. Go Nate!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    Congratulations Nate!

    I wish you success in the upcoming season and (where it really matters) in the rest of your life with your wife.