John White, Star Lotulelei named to Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists

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    July 12, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    Jenny, I don't know what you already know about him, but he was the top JUCO running back last year and had committed to USC, but after an injury and SC's scholarship reductions, SC pulled their scholarship offer. He visited SLC, signed with Utah, was going to be the co-backup to JW4 along with Harvey Langi heading into fall camp, but now with Harvey leaving in two weeks, he'll be solidly at #2 heading into camp. This doesn't mean a lot for the season right now. As we all know, JW4 was virtually unnoticed throughout his first spring camp, and then exploded in fall camp to become the starter and the season's hero. Let's wait til the season plays out before we crown anyone Maxwell award winners or 1,000 yard rushers.

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    July 12, 2012 12:38 a.m.

    StGtoSLC TWO UTES! LOL .....Very fitting for this article also!....
    Can anyone tell me more about York? It sounds like he's going to be awesome this year but I don't know too much about him..

    July 11, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    Proud Ute

    "The two what??" (My Cousin Vinny)

  • Proud Ute ,
    July 11, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    Best wishes to the two Utes for successful, injury free seasons.
    Go Utah!

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    July 11, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    "I don't see White getting 1,000-yds this year unless YORK gets injured"

    York isn't quite at 100% yet from what I've heard. He's healthy, but he hasn't gotten his full leg strength and/or speed back. I could see White breaking the 1,000 yard threshold, even with less carries. He'll be fresher and the defenses he faces will be more off-balance because the Utes will be able to pass more effectively. I'm hoping the Utes get out to some big leads and then grind out wins with large doses of White and York.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 10, 2012 11:17 a.m.


    "Look for White to rush for 1,200 yards this year as he will have two extra games this year unless he gets injured. He also has another RB with him that has potential to put up some huge numbers."

    I don't see White getting 1,000-yds this year unless YORK gets injured. White may be our premier back, but short of injury(s), I think we'll see those 2 talented RBs splitting time in the backfield ala Asiata and Mack. Mack, if you'll recall, rushed for 1,000+ yds back in '07 due to receiving the bulk of the carries. And THAT was due to Asiata's injury. Once Asiata returned to the field (2008), Mack's carries were halved, and thus, so were his total yds. As for Asiata, he only had a little over 150-yds rushing more than Mack for the season.

    If White and York split carries like that -- which I think they will -- I don't foresee either hitting that millenium mark. If they do, look to see us playing one-dimensional football.

    GO UTES!!!

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    July 10, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Congrats to both of them for the pre-season recognition. It's nice to get, but wouldn't it be even sweeter to earn that respect over the course of the season?

    I'm excited to watch these gents play another season with the Utes. I was glad that Star came back. I am hoping that these guys take it to the next level!

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    July 10, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    It scares me how high Star is predicted to go. Part of me wishes that he left for the NFL last year. It's such a huge risk to stay another year just for a degree in Sociology. Stay Healthy boys and have a good year!

    GO UTES!

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    Have to admit, White is a stud.

    Go Cougars!

    July 9, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    Great news for Star, White IV, and Ute Nation.

    Go Utes!!

    July 9, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Not that it means a lot at this point, but an interesting tidbit: I counted 58 total schools represented between the two lists, 25 of which had players on both lists, of which Utah is one.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    July 9, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    This is nice and all, but as has been stated before, let the awards pile up after the season. Will be fun to watch both of these players this year. Can't wait.

    Stay healthy! and.....

    Go Utes!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    July 9, 2012 12:42 p.m.

    These two are on a lot of Watch Lists including coaches. "Watch" the Wolfman juke defenses and gain another few yards. "Watch" Star get double teamed again as he creates havoc everywhere he goes.

    Every college football publication has these two as ones to watch and especially Star. Look for White to rush for 1,200 yards this year as he will have two extra games this year unless he gets injured. He also has another RB with him that has potential to put up some huge numbers. I also expect Utah to throw the ball at least 30-35 times per game rather than the 20-25 times like last year. I believe Johnson will take more chances. Also look for two freshman to play in certain packages. Chase Hansen will get some direct snaps and Travis Wilson will most definitely see action if Wynn gets hurt or during big leads. Everyone knows that Wilson is the future.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 9, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    Well earned preseason accolades; however, it is on the field the awards are earned. Have great years and let the awards come after the season. The Utah football team is on all Utah fan's "watch list" in person for home games and on PAC-12 network (or others) for away games.

    Go Utes!