NFL cuts tracker: Former Cougars So'oto, Fangupo among locals to be released (updated)

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  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    It's a tough leave for all fringe players. Some players need to be in the right place at the right time. Too bad for all the players cut. It may be time to go out and find a real job now.

  • kennewickcoug Alpine, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    ?Anyone know what Austin Collie is up to these days?

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    "your Ute-trash-talker pals (Chris B, Seniors, 54-10…) are in these BYU stories"


    Occasionally, the DNews publishes sports articles that aren't exclusively about BYU. This isn't a "BYU story." It's a periodically updated article about local college players cut (and in Joe Kruger's case, resigned) in the NFL.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2014 1:33 p.m.

    First, I will admit that I am a tad bit frustrated that there are quite a few more former Utes in the NFL than former Cougars. However, out of all the metrics you can go by for how good a College football program is, I would rank players in the NFL near the bottom of the list. Why? Well, because so few players from any school actually make it to the NFL. Even fewer get significant playing time ever. Most don't last long. There are players in the NFL not only from FBS teams, but also some from FCS teams for a reason: It is an individual accomplishment. Can some coaches do a lot to help prepare players for the NFL? Sure. But ultimately it is an individual accomplishment.

    This is one reason I am able to easily separate former Ute players from the rivalry and cheer fro them. If they are good players and good people I will cheer for them. Thus, for example, Steve Smith, Eric Weddle, and Star are 3 of my favorite current NFL players right there along with Pitta, Ziggy, and Van Noy.

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 26, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    Uteology—Oh, come on. Seriously? No Devils fan overlooks the Kittycats. Ever. If you’re really an ASU alum, you know that. No, you missed the point: Nov. 1's when the Devils will complete the four-year sweep of your Utes. Again--it's about *winning the games.* Sure, we’ll take real good care of the Mildcats later, but you're, um, one of the speed bumps.

    Dr. Ute--yeah, the Devils were down in the Holiday, and Tech was hungry. But who had a 10-4 year? Played in the *Pac-12 championship*? Or even went bowling? Fine, you got Stanford's number, once, but we entered the title game *on a seven-game winning streak.* In the Pac-12! Apparently you missed a few sports stories yourself. Anyway: Come back and talk to me about fur pieces after the Utes pull off a 7-gamer.

    Co Ute--Fine, I also cheer for BYU. So there's my horse in this race. But look, your Ute-trash-talker pals (Chris B, Seniors, 54-10…) are in these BYU stories all the time. Turnabout’s fair play. Just be glad the Ducks fans aren’t on here. Yet.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Aug. 26, 2014 10:30 a.m.



    He must live in a circle with all of those neighbors."

    Actually they are called cul-de-sacs and they permit 5-6 homes to be in very close proximity.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:50 p.m.

    Unless I read the article wrong.... Joe Kruger was released by one team and signed by another. Hoffman getting cut surprised me. I think he is terrific! From BYU I thought he and Van Noy would make rosters.

    Reed may be running out of NFL time but has had a nice run in the league. Dunn could find a home if the right fit opened up with a team needing a returner. Stanford will probably end up signing with some team during the year. He is a proven, steady D-Back.

    Go Utes!

    Aug. 25, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    I think it is funny that some posters make comments about what other fans think, fans from Phoenix (that have no reason to be looking at this article unless they are U or Y supporters), and the childish back and forth if Star was or wasn't a 'consensus' All American. Just shows that any article with reference to U or Y gets some crazy comments.
    Congratulations to all the players mentioned here. At least they got a chance to play in the NFL if only in pre season.
    So, to keep the ball rolling, ESPN currently lists 3 times as many players from Utah in the NFL than players from BYU. Not to hard to argue which team has done a better job developing NFL players recently.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:29 p.m.


    He must live in a circle with all of those neighbors.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:25 p.m.


    Lots of puffery there, especially representing a team that lost its shirt against Texas Tech in the last game, & TT had lost five in a row before that --- lost to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor, and Texas before whupping up on you boys. (That's right, Texas.)

    So if TT had a middle of the road season, where does that put Sparky?

    ASU is a fur piece from invincible, and by Nov 1st there'll be lots of film out there to show how its done.

    (BTW, you might recall Stanford had your number, and we had Stanford's number.)

    So your message about Utah's demise in 2014 may be a bit premature.

    Keep reading the funny papers, 'cause you obviously aren't reading the latest news on the sports page! LOL!!!

  • UCONN Storrs, CT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:09 p.m.

    Vegas and skitter, if that's all true, then I stand corrected, as well as the sources that claimed Star as "consensus." But you're right that a great college career doesn't necessarily equate to a pro career. Regardless of whether or not one out of several services named him a first teamer, Star was a phenomenal player, and is picking up right where he left off in college.

    As for Harvey, he's a great dude. Got to meet him once several years back, and was very impressed by his character (honor code violation notwithstanding) as well as his play on the field. But from an objective viewpoint, I'm afraid his window for an NFL career is closing. His first year kind of paralleled Matt Asiata's, and while it hasn't worked out for Harvey, Matt's career is now quickly taking off. You can never know what will happen sometimes.

  • Kermit Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Sad to hear that the former Aggie, Michael Smith, was cut. Honestly, I think he is the best running back product of Utah State the last 3-4 years. He was overshadowed by Robert Turbin. I still think he's better than Turbin, but just needs to be given a shot.

    Sad to hear that Kerwynn Williams was also let go. Just gotta find the right fit, I guess, and he's a pretty small (but still fast) dude for the NFL.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:30 p.m.


    Only in Salt Lake City. But keep wearing those rose-colored glasses and bragging about your sweeps of BYU all you want. Our seniors are looking forward to a certain sweep of our own on Nov. 1, and here's to saying it's gonna happen. Bank it. See ya in the funny papers.


    As an ASU alum, I would like to let you on a secret: The Devils don't have November 1st circled, they have November 28th circled. Arizona leads 47-39-1 (.546) over ASU.

    How much does the rivalry game mean to ASU:

    "This [Arizona game] is one of the most important games of the year to the people in Tempe and all of our fans... It's huge. It's huge for our fans, for bragging rights, for tradition. It's big."

    "It dates back to before I was here. We keep it in the locker room but guys are down there talking about how much they want to win and how much they don't like U of A"

    "The Sun Devils and Wildcats hate each other... [it's a] fact that this one game can make or break a school's entire football season".

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 25, 2014 6:44 p.m.

    Um, Uteology, for what it's worth, down here in ASU country we think some of you Utah fans need a serious education in college football. Exhibit A: All the smack talk from a team likely to finish the year with a losing record. Exhibit B: All your "Pac-12 Pride." Talk is cheap, my friend. Actually winning the games is what matters when you're Big Time. Check out sometime how long it took the Devils to get to the Rose Bowl after joining the Pac-10.

    You and your pals. Read your own comments and see how naive you sound. Especially when you think bashing your rival is even better than cheering for your own team. Hey, we make plenty of fun of the Kittycats in Tucson ourselves, but we don't think all that's actually supporting the Devils or doing ourselves any good. Only in Salt Lake City. But keep wearing those rose-colored glasses and bragging about your sweeps of BYU all you want. Our seniors are looking forward to a certain sweep of our own on Nov. 1, and here's to saying it's gonna happen. Bank it. See ya in the funny papers.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 6:16 p.m.


    So your Stanford neighbor said we're worse then USC fans.

    Your USC fans, who were the worst fans until we came to the league, are now scared to travel to Salt Lake?

    Is that story you want to tell?

    "Our Colorado neighbors laugh at the Utah-CU rivalry; they think USC is their big rival."

    Really? Do your Colorado neighbors know that Colorado-USC have only played a total of 9 games in their entire history?

    You might want to let them know their real rival is Nebraska.

    First meeting: 1898
    Nebraska leads, 49–18–2

    First meeting: 1903
    Colorado leads, 31–26–3

  • The way it is Holladay, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 4:16 p.m.

    Relax everyone. These guys were cut for a reason. This article simply states the observations as to why. These guys are professionals and can handle it. My stars everyone is so sensitive to people getting their feelings hurt. Send them a soccer trophy or set up a fund drive if y'all feel so bad...

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 4:06 p.m.


    Well since he lists his residence as Orange County, CA it is a pretty good guess that he has A LOT of neighbors. Ever heard of a city or a suburb? Lots of people live in them.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 4:01 p.m.


    "Notably, 73 percent of first-time visitors surveyed said they were more likely to visit Utah again for reasons other than a football game."

    Sounds to me like they want to come back but will go ahead and avoid res. lol

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    BYU and Utah fans are hilarious. Both are sore losers and think that anyone not or has not worn their team jersey is pathetic and doesn't belong. Making or not making the NFL is an individual accomplishment. It has nothing, again nothing to do with what university that they attended or did not attend. And anyone taking Ernest serious, I have nothing to say.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    @Jeff29 and 79Ute: I think it all depends on who you speak with. I've had friends come in from Arizona, Texas and California who have all cheered their repsective teams. While there was some good natured jabs going both ways I never heard anything rude, crude or otherwise. Maybe it depends on the area they sat in. My point though, is that the experiences of a few cannot be used to judge the actions of the whole of the stadium. And that goes both ways.

  • Jeff29 Draper, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:00 p.m.

    @Uteology, 54-10 and others,

    You do realize that you are arguing with a fellow Utah fan (UTE79), right? What incentive are you assuming that he has for lying about this?

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Orange County, CA

    Wow, you have a lot of neighbors.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Aug. 25, 2014 1:20 p.m.


    The Stanford neighbor went to last year's game at RES. He said that the heckling from Utah fans was crude and rude, even though Utah won the game, and he'd never go to RES again.

    From the study you cited: "Notably, 73 percent of first-time visitors surveyed said they were more likely to visit Utah again FOR REASONS OTHER THAN A FOOTBALL GAME."

    My neighbor said he would go again for the skiing, loved his hotel (Monaco) and the restaurants, but said he would never go to a football game at Utah again because the fan abuse. He said it was worse than going to an SC game at the Coliseum.

    The two USC neighbors go to an away game together every year, attended the 2012 game at RES, and said essentially the same thing. The USC pair have attended games together throughout the PAC12 and at Notre Dame, Arkansas, Hawaii, and BYU. We didn't do well in any comparisons in terms of fan behavior or facilities (except for Aloha Stadium).

    Our Colorado neighbors laugh at the Utah-CU rivalry; they think USC is their big rival.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    I'm with Vegas Ute. Can't stand to watch BYU play, but I loved watching Collie play in the NFL. Wish these guys well in the future.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 25, 2014 12:19 p.m.


    It's all good! I agree with you about the local talent. I love the rivalry, but once these kids get out of college, why knock the individual players? Of course there will always be exceptions to the rule for obvious reasons (Max Hall - lol), but in general, life is too short and football is way too much fun!

    Let the games begin!!

    Go Utes!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    N.F.L. = Not For Long. This applies to both coaches and players. Injuries and fierce competition make this a REALLY short term career even for the best of players.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    I want to alter a comment someone else made. Let this be a lesson to all college football players -- fight for everything you can get while in college (including an education) because once those 15 minutes of fame end, it's hard to get it back.

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Vegas utes, great comment. In no way whatsoever was I bashing Star or anyone else. I was simply responding to an earlier comment by a person who loves mock BYU. I hope they all find a home and I hope Star has a hall of fame career. The more local talent to nake it the better.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Best of luck to those who were dropped. I am surprised by Hoffman. He is a very good receiver and I thought he would stick. I really like Unga, but he has had his time to make it, and I'm afraid he is done. For obvious reasons, I am really disappointed in Kruger being dropped. He caught such a bad break last year with the injury, but I guess that is the NFL.

    Good luck to all in their next journey in life, whether it is still in the NFL or not.

    I hate to say this, but I remember that Skitter is correct. It was originally reported that Star was consensus, but when all the lists came out, he was one list short of qualifying as consensus. Regardless, your argument is just a big "who cares?" Move on you two! Although Skitter was technically correct, the only thing that Skitter posted that has any value was "unfortunately great college players don't always make great pro players", which is pretty much an obvious statement.

    Bring on football!
    Go Utes!

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    East Coast ute. My bad. I guess espn, usa today, sb nation, cbs amd were mistaken. I wish the best for all of the athletes from the state. red or Blue. But unfortunately great college players don't always make great pro players.

  • East Coast Ute Storrs, CT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    "College football notebook: Utah's Star Lotulelei is a consensus All-American

    Deseret News
    Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 8:40 p.m. MST"

    "Seven other Pac-12 football players were consensus selections, including Oregon senior RB Kenjon Barner, Arizona sophomore RB Ka'Deem Carey, Stanford senior TE Zach Ertz and junior OL David Yankey, Utah senior DL Star Lotulelei, Arizona State junior DL Will Sutton, and Oregon State DB Jordan Poyer. In addition, UCLA senior RB Johnathan Franklin was a Football Writers All-America selection."

    Please do your own research, sir.

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    From first hand experience I know how it sucks to have your dreams crash and burn around you. Although I bleed crimson, I wish nothing but the best for these guys (particularly Kruger, for obvious reasons). At least they got close enough to the stars to feel the warmth.

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    Oh Really, please research a little more. Star was first team on three ballots AP, Scout, WCFF. That is not a consensus all american. The defensive linemen CONSENSUS all americans for 2012 were Jadeveon Clowney, Bjorn Warner, Will Sutton and Damontre Moore.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    Sorry folks. A loss by 50 or a loss by 1 still shows as a loss. A win by 50 or a win by 1 still shows up as a win. Anything else is just speculation.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:44 a.m.


    Just curious, how many immediate UCLA, USC, Colorado, and Stanford grad neighbors that attended a game at RES did you survey?

    Because according to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research study your analysis is wrong:

    "A total of 321 out-of-state attendees to the five Pac-12 home games [in 2012] were surveyed ... about their attitudes of Salt Lake City and the University.

    Visitors were asked their impressions of the area both before and after their visits. In every instance, favorable impressions increased, and neutral or unfavorable impressions decreased after visiting the area.

    Notably, 73 percent of first-time visitors surveyed said they were more likely to visit Utah again for reasons other than a football game."

    According to the NFL Players Association the average career length is about 3.3 years. So Unga is right, this isn't for everyone.

    Good luck to all making another roster or a practice squad.

  • Oh Really? HERRIMAN, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    For the didn't-make-it-past-pee-wees posters (we all know who you are):

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

    Teddy Roosevelt

  • Oh Really? HERRIMAN, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:43 a.m.


    I'm a Y fan, and I googled 2012 Consensus All American Team and found Star on the team. He was Consensus, but not Unanimous.

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 6:12 a.m.

    East Coast ute. Star was never a CONSENSUS All American. Your last one was Louie Sakoda. Please google 2012 Consensus All American team.

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:45 a.m.

    Sorry to see Unga and Hoffman cut. Hopefully they'll find their niche with teams where they fit in better--unclear whether either ever really had much of a chance to show what they could do in game situations. Especially Hoffman put with a QB who can deliver the ball would be really fun to watch.

    79Ute: You're class, man. Fully agreed and wish all Ute fans showed the same respect and minded their own business. Just FYI, Chris B/"Seniors" and friends: We at ASU *still* remember the epic-fail-rush-the-field-incident at the Fiesta Bowl. Yes, my friends, Tempe police are STILL zero-tolerance and carry Tasers. Act like you've been there, willya? Start talking smack once your own team's actually keeping anyone up at night. Go cheer for them once in a while, sounds like they could use it! Sheesh. Kids. See you Nov. 1! Looking forward to it!

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    To the ute with the cute name, I remember when we beat the utes 13 out of 14 so what goes around comes around. Didn't hear maybe utes talking smack then....

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    I actually feel the worst about Joe Kruger, even as a BYU fan. I felt he should have stayed at Utah another year. I think his team could have used his help and he could have improved himself as a player and finished his degree. It surprised me when he declared but wished he could have made it work.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:50 p.m.

    @Smokin' Joe:

    Liking your comment wasn't enough - well said and, while needed, will almost certainly go unheeded.

    This absurd, negative, ad nauseum commenting by both BYU fans and Utah fans on anything related to the other school is beneath what dignity the writers may believe they have. U who fans think they've been elevated through their affiliation with the PAC12 need to take a lesson from the fans of the other members of the conference in the way they show their fanaticism. It's bush league behavior that makes this U alum ashamed. My immediate neighbors are UCLA, USC, Colorado, and Stanford grads. Their reports of Utah fan behavior at games they've attended at RES and their home stadiums would make even "Proud PAC12 member" Chris B embarrassed of the association.

    @Ernest T. Bass:

    The article about the Unga signing was nothing of the sort you described - you're imagining things. Please and re-read Smokin' Joe's comment, especially the last sentence.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    Sweeper: No need to bad mouth Harvey Unga and Cody Hoffman on this post. There are many who know and love both these guys and all that they contributed to the BYU football program. Why do some people enjoy spewing so much hate? We need to support and love one another more in this world no matter what team they represent.

    Good luck Harvey and Cody in finding a good place to land. You both deserve the best!

    Go Cougars!

  • East Coast Ute Storrs, CT
    Aug. 24, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    skitter, actually Utah's last consensus All-American is one of the best defensive tackles in the league.

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    Chris B. yeah it is to bad 2 BYU legends could not find a home in the nfl. The nfl is not for everyone. Just ask utah's last consensus All American. Sakoda just got cut from the Canadian league.

  • Smokin' Joe ALTURAS, CA
    Aug. 24, 2014 8:22 p.m.

    The disparaging comments about these football players are way over the top. What difference does it make what school they played for? The fact of the matter is they are human beings and men in need of jobs to support themselves and sometimes their families. Stop the nonsense of mocking them for no other reason than they attended a different University than you. It says something about a person (and its not good) when he revels in the failure of others.

  • utefever kaysville, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 8:20 p.m.

    Too bad for Kruger. Wish he would have stayed in college one more year. We could have used him last year.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    NFL ....Not For Long

    I'm hoping Cody and Harvey get another chance. Well, Harvey has been at it now for 3 or 4 years so I guess he's had a fair shot.
    Cody has amazing hand eye coordination and body control, and with his height he beats the cornerback 7/10 times even when he is covered. Play to his strengths, and I think he'd be awsome in the NFL. He's gotta be better than a lot of guys on NFL rosters. So he runs a 4.6 40. I believe a guy named Jerry Rice ran a 4.5. I'd rather have a guy that can catch than a track star.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    It's a tough, tough job.

    I hope the guys on football scholarships take note and show their wisdom and gratitude for the academic opportunity by keeping their grades up, since it's very unlikely they will land a long-term career in the NFL.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    What? Why? The headline a few days ago made it sound like the Unga signing was as big as the Lebron James going back to Cleveland deal.