Utah Utes football: Kalani Sitake says team ready to reload at linebacker spot

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  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    No mention of Boo Anderson? Out of spring ball he was a favored to start, what happened? Anyone have any legitimate info please share.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 10:19 a.m.


    utah's linebacker heritage is basicly non existant. Eveyrone gets a couple of decent players here and there but that is not a position of any prominence for utah. Live with it.

    Aug. 20, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    "kruger was a d lineman and the other 2 were decent. No stars and no studs, just decent."

    Haha after I already went through all that. Kruger played all over the field, not just at DE. Koa has been a full-time starter since he was drafted, and Sylvester has started a few games on the most star-studded linebacker-laden team in the NFL. You don't have to wear red to recognize that's better than "decent." I'll admit I think Bryan Kehl was a stud. But Kruger and Misi have already accomplished more than he has and Sly is pretty much on the same level. No, Utah's LB history has never been on the same level as its OL, DL, WR, RB or DB prestige, but it's nothing to scoff at either.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Aug. 20, 2012 4:05 a.m.


    They were both very productive. In fact, only one linebacker in the whole conference was more productive than Walker. And FYI, all three Utah linebackers made more tackles than BYU's leading tackler last season.

    There are plenty of very good college players that don't have the physical talent to play at the next level. But I think you know that, and are just choosing to stir the pot.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 10:09 p.m.


    walker and martinez were adequate, neither was a star and neither got so much as an NFL sniff which according to utah "fans" is the end all be all of proof of the quality of a college player.


    kruger was a d lineman and the other 2 were decent. No stars and no studs, just decent.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 19, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    Reload? Never knew they were loaded, and neither did Colorado. Replace might be a better description.

    " Kalani Sitake says team ready to replace at linebacker spot".

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Aug. 19, 2012 4:11 p.m.


    Walker and Martinez were the #2 and #9 tacklers in the Pac 12 last year. I was extremely happy with their performance last year. Suggesting that they were just "adequate" is silly.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 19, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    highland, utah

    Were those the same LB'S that held ur Cougars 10 points!!


    Yes, the same LB's that held BYU to 16 points the year before.

    The also scored three less points than BYU's offense last year: Fehoko 7 BYU 10.

    Actually, next year Junior Salt is capable of replacing Kruger, and IF Mathis commits to Utah than he "should" be able to replace Star.

    Aug. 19, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    Sly, Kruger and Koa Misi say hi. Sure, two of them were "listed" as DEs in college, but really they were always linebackers, just like Trevor Reilly used to be listed as a DE but was "moved" to LB.

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    Aug. 19, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Were those the same LB'S that held ur Cougars 10 points!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Well "reload" seems to be a bit of an overstatement. That would imply that what is being replaced was great and at this position utah has never been much more than adequate. I can understand if that description was used for dline or cornerback but not linebacker.

    I can understand sitake's lack of worry about it as well, it isn't hard to replace "adequate" performers with other similar types. I'm sure next year when he is replacing lotulelei and kruger he won't be saying similar things, I'm sure it will be more along the lines of "well you just don't replace players like that", and I'll agree with him.

  • SoCalUtahFan Irvine, CA
    Aug. 19, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    Utes will need a good defense.
    And with an improved offense, Utah can surprise people, starting
    with giving USC its only loss this season.
    GO Utes!