Utah Utes football: LeRoy Sitake Tanoai, half brother of Kalani Sitake, signs

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  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    July 29, 2015 8:34 p.m.

    He's now a Cougar!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 6, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    Qwest perfected

    Do you think two appearances in BCS games in recent years more relevant than being in the Top 25 multiple times more often than the Utes, having multiple conference championships more than the Utes, recently being in the NCAA basketball tournament multiple times compared to the Utes?


    I bow to the Ute women's gymnastic team.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    @ducky & Sam

    Do you know what isn't a fluke? Your team doing absolutely nothing worth national relevance in college football for almost 30 years.
    If you think making it into 1 of the top 25 polls at the end of the year means something, then good for you. Go get your Free Zion's bank sponsored tee shirt and your student season tickets.

    That is something that we can all laugh at.

    It's a great time to be a Ute!

  • KH Holladay, UT
    May 1, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    Wow Duckhunter, are you in 2nd grade?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 1, 2012 5:16 p.m.


    I know you didn't, that is why I phrased it as a question and then stated that I agree with you that they aren't flukes, because they aren't. whittingham's utah teams have proven over and over again that they lose to bad, and at times terrible, teams. I'm glad we agree on something, it makes it so much more pleasant around here when we can meet on common ground and share an opinion. :)

  • KH Holladay, UT
    May 1, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    I never said those losses are fluky. You're trying to put words in my mouth.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 1, 2012 9:02 a.m.


    So you consider the losses whittingham has had to all the bottom feeders over the last 7 years to be the real utah program? I have to agree with you on one thing, there are enough of those losses to bottom feeders that we can officially say they are not "flukes" they are simply what whittingham coached utah teams do, that is lose to bad teams. It happens almost every single season he has coached, sometimes multiple times in a season. It is just what utah football does, lose to bad teams. Nothing "flukey" about it I suppose.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 30, 2012 7:13 p.m.


    "..."fluke" is the most popular word in Provo after every loss byu suffers."

    Really? It's invoked that often?

    If 'fluke' is so popular in Provo then 'buffalo chip' must be equally as popular in Salt Lake.


  • KH Holladay, UT
    April 30, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    "Well to be honest, it's a little embarrassing but we all know it was a fluke, 7 turnovers and so forth."

    Sammyg, "fluke" is the most popular word in Provo after every loss byu suffers. It's kind of funny though that when it comes to the byu Utah game, byu has had 7 "fluke" losses in the last 10 years. Maybe when losses to Utah are that consistent it's no longer a fluke. Are you predicting another fluke this year?

    April 30, 2012 11:54 a.m.


    It's not hilarious that you out ranked the Utes, you won more games. The thing that is hilarious is that you have absolutley no idea of the difference the y had to go through and what the Utes had on thier schedule. BYU had 3 (three),bye weeks let alone Idaho State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Hawaii to end the season.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 29, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    Sunny all day

    I know what pathetic is, I'm certainly humble enough to admit if the team I support wreaks. Have admitted as much on these boards in the past.

    What I've never done is call a team's fanbase pathetic, maybe some choice specific fans are pathetic, but never a whole fanbase.

    That distinction is yours. Congratulations.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    April 28, 2012 11:36 p.m.



    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my comment.

    I apologize for not getting back to you "sooner".

    The y does have a beautiful stadium, great coaches, hard working players and a pathetic (your word, duckhunter) absolutely pathetic (again, your word, duckhunter) fan base.

    So, the two of you must be a part of the beautiful stadium, the coaching staff, or the hard working players?

    I thought so...


  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 28, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    @sunny all day

    Players being drafted from stanford, usc, cal, washington, oregon, oregon st., and arizona somehow makes utah better? That's really the thing, utah has nothing of its own to hang its hat on so it leeches onto a host, or a bunch of hosts in the pac12, and pretends their accomplishments are somehow utah's. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more pathetic than that.


  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    April 28, 2012 8:38 p.m.

    Highland, UT

    Proud of every win.

    Tell me which loss were you most ashamed of? colorado? unlv? new mexico? wyoming? colorado state?


    I wasn't aware we played UNLV, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado State last season.

    Could it be that you don't have much to use against us from 2011? So you gotta reach back into the past? That's fine. But it only weakens your point.

    On another matter, which of BYU's recent losses burn you up inside? Utah State (that one still cracks me up)... Utah's 54-10 shellacking... or maybe the near-loss to Wyoming in 2010?

    If we're gonna go into the past to find terrible losses, we'd have a field day with BYU.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 28, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    Sunny all day

    BYU Top 25 appearances > Utes

    That's on the national stage, no one cares about the local squabbling and chest pounding between the fans.

    Fluke NC > Fluke 54-10

    That NC is still a real NC. Gripe, lament, moan and groan all you want. BYU has one and the Utes don't and with the BCS going away it's just going to be darn difficult for the Utes to get one.

    17-14 was on the national stage and another embarrassment that was hard to hide when so much was at stake.

    54-10 was a local thing and people outside of the local market didn't care. Almost like it didn't happen. We know it did but it's hilarious BYU outranked the Utes.

    Get used to it, it's happened many many times despite the losses to the Utes. In the last 50 years of modern football that BYU and Utes shared the same conference, BYU has won 26 conference championships, Utes single digits.

    No one cares about players to the NFL. Is there a trophy for that? Since you mentioned, how many NFL champion QBs do the Utes have?


  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    April 28, 2012 3:44 p.m.


    "...it's a little embarrassing but we all know it was a fluke...".

    Just like the nc.

    Happened once, so it must be a FLUKE.



    Last 10 games in the U/y series...UTAH 7 wins y 3 wins.

    Overall series...UTAH 55 y 34.


    Icing on the cake?

    One win does not a series make.


    55 UTAH wins overall and 7 UTAH wins out of the last 10 games.

    Oh, but wait there's more.

    At this point in the 2012 NFL Draft (rounds 1 through 6)...

    22 players taken from the PAC 10.2.

    Not just STANFORD and usc. CAL, ASU, OREGON, OREGON ST., and ARIZONA have had players drafted.

    UTAH has had a Returned Missionary OT drafted.

    Even the buffs have had 1 player drafted.

    Independent notre dame has had 4 players drafted.

    And the y has?

    A beautiful stadium, great coaches, hard working players and a fan base that doesn't deserve any of it.


  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 28, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Congrats on the recruit. Every team loves a good recruit. This one comes with a name, maybe he will excel, must be a good kid with character, makes good decisions, etc. Every teams needs kids like this, leaving California to come to our state is a good thing.



    "Does the 54-10 beatdown still hurt?"

    Well to be honest, it's a little embarrassing but we all know it was a fluke, 7 turnovers and so forth. The AP, the coaches and most of the really important people know that one game just does not represent a total BYU season. Utah's first season in its new conference is another story.

    BYU losing to Utah pales in comparison on the national stage to Utah losing the 'big marble' and being dispatched by Colorado. Busted.

    The end of season polls were just icing on the cake. Case closed.

    And let me add to Duckhunter's list with these 2010 season embarrassing moments...

    TCU 7-47 (most historic game in RES)
    ND 3-28 (ND bench QB victory)
    Boise St. 3-26 (bowl game blowout)

    17-14 really takes the cake for 2011, icing and all.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2012 9:53 p.m.


    I think you need to look at the whole recruiting class - though the Utes didn't get one player, doesn't mean we didn't get top local talent. Utah beat all other schools in the state for the local talent and our overall recruiting class was ranked just outside the top 25 in the nation which was the highest ranked class the Utes have ever had.

    byu is always going to compete for the top lds athletes in state and out of state but as far as head to head with Utah, they are trailing and with Utah's conference affiliation, that gap will continue to grow. It may not stay that way if the y gets invited to join a BCS conference but until then, it's looking good for the Utes.

    Its a great time to be a Ute!

  • fender Washington, UT
    April 27, 2012 5:03 p.m.


    Sorry for the half comment I may have submitted in error...hit enter instead of return. What I was trying to say is you misunderstand. I'm a long time Ute fan and not disparaging Utes. Just saying I think you have to be able to get the local talent, because it should be the easiest to be aware of, scout and get. If you don't, then maybe you need to look at the reasons. Maybe it's a fluke, but if I'm the recruiting coordinator, then I'm asking why.

    Local talent some years and at some positions is as good as any in the country. Anybody who goes to any of the national combines and sees our kids compete would tell you the same. Too bad all those kids don't stay home.

  • fender Washington, UT
    April 27, 2012 4:50 p.m.


    No, you misinterpret my comments. I'm a Ute fan and have been for years. I'm just trying to keep it real here, not pump up BYU. The high school talent in Utah at some positions is as good as any--just not as deep, which is why these kids were recruited by the best schools in the country. If you can't get the top level kids who grow up watching your program,

    April 27, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    Local kids are great, but let's be honest here, the talent level in Utah (local) is not comparable to other parts of the nation and in California in particular. SEC country is an entirely different beast and talent level.

    April 27, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    Matthews was a great get for BYU at the time and still may pan out as he has 4 years of eligibility. Congratulations on that. He also has seen zero game time because he has been hampered by a foot problem. He is big, heavy, and strong, but ask any big man in any sport how it is dealing with a lingering foot problem. Ask Curtis Borchart, Yao Ming, Greg Oden. I never wish ill will on an athlete but let's see if Matthews can get over that injury. I hope so because he is a local kid and I always cheer for local kids no matter where they end up. The point is this; you named three OL prospects as an "in your face" argument to disparage the University of Utah football team and in all three cases there have been zero live game snaps taken. Ease up on the talk and let the results make your case when the time comes. Until then, I am happy with the OL prospects at the U I don't have to be so childish as to look south to see how they compare. Grow up please.

  • fender Washington, UT
    April 27, 2012 1:09 p.m.


    That's great, but wouldn't the Utes be better off if they were landing the highest ranked kids from their own backyard? Sending kids to the NFL is nice, but the ultimate goal is to produce conference championships and contend nationally. That doesn't happen consistently without top notch recruiting. If the Utes miss out on the best local kids, then you have to wonder what they could do differently Just sayin'.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 27, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    Welcome aboard Leroy! It is great to be a UTE!!

    The future is bright, the future is CRIMSON!!

    And the southies are jealous, sad and blue!!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Highland, UT

    And it was still 54-10 and BYU quit. As did your quarterback at the end of the season.

    Telling you this because you were in Tulsa.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 27, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    @arm of orion

    Of course uteBusters argument relates, it is dead on correct. He rightly pointed out that despite 2 nfl oline possibilities (remember as of this writiing neither has been drafted) utah was still a team with a losing conference record despite having more home games than road games and despite not having to play the two best teams in the league and they also lost to the worst team in the league, and maybe all of college football, at home, that hadn't won a road game in 4 years. Whew! That was a lot of failure to point out.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 27, 2012 12:12 p.m.


    Proud of every win.

    Tell me which loss were you most ashamed of? colorado? unlv? new mexico? wyoming? colorado state?

    April 27, 2012 11:29 a.m.


    without a doubt Utah fans will take a PAC-12 schedule + BIG-10 foe (future) and will feel just fine if the y ends up 25th in one poll with 10 wins against Big Sky and WAC caliber teams any day. It just makes me LOL everytime one of you guys gets on here and 1) think you have better program 2)think you have a better team 3) better coaching 4)better fans. Answer KH's question Which win were you most proud of. Just another game for Texas, Utah, and TCU you can't beat good teams.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    April 27, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    Hey uteBusters,

    Does the 54-10 beatdown still hurt?

    Here's a serious question for you. byu fans love to say that byu had a successful season because it was a 10 win season and they snuck into the top 25 in one of the polls. My question is which of those 10 wins, if any, were you proud of as a fan? Those 10 wins came against some of the weakest teams in the nation, yet when byu faced good competition (in only 3 games) they lost all 3. So what win do you hang your hat on? New Mexico St.? Idaho? Idaho St.?

    cougs busted

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 27, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    uteBusters your argument against utahcountyute has a major flaw in that your point does not relate to his. Please try again.

  • uteBusters Park City, UT
    April 27, 2012 6:58 a.m.


    "...Utah will send (2)O linemen to the NFL this year in Cullen and Bergstrom."

    Yet, Utah didn't even finish with a winning conference record and failed to make the Top 25, as usual.

    utes busted

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 26, 2012 3:10 p.m.


    Yet, Utah will send (2)O linemen to the NFL this year in Cullen and Bergstrom. hmmmm

    Seems to work out in Utah's favor even if they lose a couple kids from Utah. They are replaced by others who end up being NFL caliber anyway.

    Love the Sitake connection too. Has to be a player.

    Go Utes!

  • fender Washington, UT
    April 26, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Third year in a row Utah has failed to land the top rated offensive line prospect out of Utah. BYU is one for three. Ryker Mathews in 2011 (BYU), Brandon Fanaika in 2012 (Stanford) and Logan Stott 2013 (Arizona).

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    April 26, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    Reload !
    Welcome Leroy, it's good to be a Ute!

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    April 26, 2012 12:40 p.m.


    According to ESPN, he was offered by Utah, UCLA, Nebraska, Hawaii, Washington, and BYU.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    Welcome to the Ute family LeRoy!

    Even though it's going to be a few years before you are playing for the Utes, I look forward to seeing you at Rice Eccles.

    The article didn't mention what other schools have been recruiting him - does anyone know? It will be interesting to see how big he gets - they said he is 6' 4" and 280 - I'm assuming he is still growing. He sounds like a beast.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 26, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    A great kid from an outstanding football program, coached by Kevin Rooney, who is one of the most respected hs coaches in the state of CA. Good job, Leroy!