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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 4:35 p.m. MDT

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10CC
Bountiful, UT

Defensive linemen are a different breed. From the days of Pancho Negrete, Eugene "Geno" LaRoque and Mike "the Snake" Kinsella in the 1970s, Utah has had a long list of quirky personalities who clog the middle and ensure that quarterbacks' sleep is low quality.

This year, Sese Ianu is known as "the hulk" and last year benched 475 lbs... six times. If he gets his technique down, he has a very good chance of playing on Sundays.

Wallace Gonzales played several years of minor league baseball, but definitely looks like a defensive end. Gonzales belted homer after homer after homer in an impromptu homerun derby after football practice last week, causing Whittingham to blow the whistle to end the "competition", exclaiming "somebody drug test that guy!" pointing to Gonzales, in jest.

Dimick is a nice blend of size, power & technique, much like Christian Cox of the 2008 team. Stevie T. is just plain scary.

Move Pita Taumoepenu up as a speed rusher on obvious passing downs, and this group could be very, very good.

Condescending Wonka
Salt Lake City, Utah

That's a great picture of Nate Orchard posterizing Taysom Hill. Hill was hit hard by Utah's defense so many times in that game, that I wouldn't be surprised if he's still feeling the effects.

Utah's D-line should be strong like always.

BlueNtheFace
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Condescending Wonka, in that BYU loss Taysom had 100 yds rushing on 20 carries. Not much containment to speak of by the Ute D-line. Hill's very durable with a lot of weight room conditioning. Don't cry for him.

Good luck Ute D-line. That's a tough schedule.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Our d-line has never been the problem.

From what I'm hearing, coaches are VERY excited about the offense. Coach Christensen has NASCAR up and running like we've been waiting on for years. The guy has PROVEN he can put up 40 points a game, against big boy conferences none the less.

7-5 this year - and Coach Christsen will be the reason why.

Go UTES!

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

D line never seems to be the issue for the U. Looks to be a strong point again.

Go Utes!

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

We will dominate the pac again this year because nobody can stay with us not even close.

Go Utes

007
Layton, UT

I think Dimick will end up being the best d-lineman of this group.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Orchard is a beast and a great kid to boot. His stock will blow up this year!

Go Utes!!

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

This year, you’ll likely need a program to figure out who is playing on the Ute D-line. Aside from Nate Orchard, who was known as Nate Fakahafua his first two years at Utah, the rest of the Utes’ defensive line features guys you’ve probably never heard of

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Nobody has really heard of Nate Orchard either because he hasn't done much in 3 yrs. 6 sacks in 3 yrs and around 100 tackles despite starting or playing extensively most of that time. We've heard ute fans over-hype him for years.

No worries. The utes will dominate the Pac12, win the CCG and get to the Rose Bowl for the 4th year in a row! Pac12 stickers for everyone! Go Pac12! Win Pac12! Hooray for the Pac12!

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Chris B

"7-5 this year - and Coach Christsen will be the reason why."

Uhh, Chris, please tell us which 7 games the utes will win.

Also, is UCLA one of them?

If they are, you may want to change that to at least 6-6. LOL

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

BlueNtheFace:

"in that BYU loss" - you can stop right there. Nothing you say after those words matter.

BigCougar:

Orchard - honorable mention all-PAC team as a sophomore along with three fumble recoveries (9th in nation), five career forced fumbles so far, National defensive player of the week against #5 Stanford (2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 5 tackles) as a Junior along with three forced fumbles (4th in PAC), 98 tackles in sophomore and junior years (Ansah only had 72 in three years at byU along with only 1 forced fumble). All that playing in the Conference of Champions. It appears that you left out quite a few things when describing Nate.

Hey, but thanks for showing your love and support for Nate. We always like to see you post on Utah articles to prove the fact that you can't live without Utah!

Go Nate! This is your breakout year!
Go Utes!!

worf
Mcallen, TX

Utes will go 4-11, and that's stretching it.

Continued pounding from the big boys will hurt recruiting, and the program.

Should have stayed in the MWC.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ worf

You think Utah should have turned it's back on over $20 million dollars per year to stay in a conference that paid about $2 million/year?

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"You think Utah should have turned it's back on over $20 million dollars per year to stay in a conference that paid about $2 million/year?"

You are assuming that they will spend that money wisely. Five will get you ten that the Utes' Athletic Program will still not be running in the black. I hope the Utah legislature does [and thus the taxpayers do] not bailout the irresponsible management of funds.

Smart money would bet that Chris Hill and others have already spent those funds two or three times. Sad, but that is what tends to happen within unaccountable bureaucracies.

yabuts
Springville, utah

Worf:

"continued pounding by the big boys will hurt Utah..."

Your cougars should do well as they do not very many big boys to pound an them this year.

Happy home coming.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@vegas ute

Ansah played part of one year, that's it. He may have been on the team but he didn't play so your "truth" is really a falsehood, but I expect nothing less from you.

orchard has actually played in just about every single game in his career. I liked the way you added 2 years worth of tackles together to make it seem better than it really is though, the was a nice touch but still a failure on your part.

So let's see, Ansah had 72 tackles playing 3/4 of one season, orchard has 98 tackles combined in those two complete season.

Then there is the inconvenient fact that Ansah was the #5 overall pick in the NFL draft and lead all rookies in the NFL in sacks last season whereas orchard will be nowhere near the #5 overall pick in the NFL draft and will not lead all NFL rookies in sacks if he even plays in the NFL. But hey, you tried. Slap another pac12 sticker on your car for your effort. lol

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