NCAA — 05 October 2012

If there is any silver lining for the University of Utah in their defeat last night against USC, there is no question to many that they possess arguably the best lineman in College Football. On one of the biggest stages, Senior Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei showed the nation, the pedigree that earned him the 2011 Morris Trophy for the best lineman in the Pacific-12 Conference (a trophy he shared with current NFL Offensive Tackle Matt Kalil). In a game against a very sophisticated USC offense led by All-Pacific-12 Quarterback Matt Barkley, Star’s was presence was felt by the entire USC Offensive line as he imposed his will in such a manner the disturbed the USC offense through the majority of the first half. At one point in the game, Utah was leading USC 21 – 10 and the principle reason why USC was unable to get any production, was due to Star’s superior pass rushing. Some of his notable contributions, he dominated All Pac-12 USC Center Khaled Holmes, at one point Star pushed him back into Quarterback Matt Barkley; he was responsible for causing two turnovers leading to touchdowns for Utah, he took on multiple blockers throughout the game, had three tackles for losses. Star Lotulelei was such devastating force, it took almost 3 quarters before they were able to regulate him. Despite the result, Star Lotulelei has likely garnered national attention, and is likely no longer the Pac-12’s best kept secret.


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