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Star Lotulelei heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/14 -- Star Lotulelei, DT, 6-3, 311, Utah...The Panthers were very high on Lotulelei coming into the draft, but they weren't sure if he'd fall to them. When he did, they wasted no time taking him. He could provide the huge presence Carolina's been missing in the middle of its defensive line for years. - The Sports Xchange
Louie Sakoda heading into Sr season: 2007: XP 38-40, FG 19-22, 40-49: 9-11, 50+ 1-2, Long 51, 0 TB-1 KO; P 73-3231-44.3, 11 TB, 23 FC, 28 in 20, 0 blocked; Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and CBS.com first-team All-America punter … SI.com and College Football News' second-team All-America punter … Rivals.com first-team All-America kicker … second-team All- America kicker by Phil Steele and College Football News … Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year …. first-team all-conference punter and second-team all-MWC kicker … Ray Guy Award semifinalist (top 10) … Lou Groza Award semifinalist … four-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week … finished No. 1 in the MWC and No. 11 in the nation in punting average (44.3) … ranked third in the nation among dual punters/kickers in yards per punt … 73 punts ranks third all-time in a season at Utah … 3,231 yards ranks second in a season … 28-of-73 total punts downed inside the 20-yard line … had six punts fall inside the 5-yard line … 21 punts of 50 yards or longer is the second-best season total in school history … four 60-yard punts included a long of 67 … set a school record with 19 field goals, breaking a 22-year old school record … tied for third in the nation in field goal percentage (86.4%) for kickers with at least 20 attempts … made 19-of-22 field goals … third in the country in field goals made from beyond 40 yards (10) … 10-of-13 from 40 yards and out and 1-of-2 from beyond 50 yards … only misses were from 45, 48 and 51 yards … 2006: XP 43-43, FG 16-20, 40-49: 3-5, 50+ 0-1, Long 45; P 59-2598-44, 5 TB, 19 FC, 30 in 20, 0 blocked; Mountain West Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Year ... Armed Forces Bowl MVP ... honorable mention all-MWC place-kicker and punter ... semifinalist (one of 10) for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter ... honorable mention Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... three-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week ... averaged 44.0 yards per punt, which ranked second in the MWC and 13th in the nation ... led Utah to a No. 1 national ranking in net punting (41.6) by placing more than 50% (30-of-59) of his punts inside the 20-yard-line... 14 punts for 50 yards or longer ... career-long punt of 75 yards against Northern Arizona was tied for the fifth-longest in Utah school history ... made 80% (16-of-20) of his field goal attempts - the fourth-best single-season field goal percentage in school history ... two of his four FG misses were from 47 yards or longer ... 91 kick scoring points ranks second in single-season history at Utah ... led the MWC in PAT scoring, making 43-of-43 attempts ... 43 PATs is the fourth-most by a Ute in a single season ...2005: 13 TB-63 KO; P 54-2002-37.1, 5 TB, 14 FC, 22 in 20, 0 blocked; Played and started in 11 games ... punted 54 times for an average of 37.1 yards ... ... 22 of his punts (41%) were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... 5 of his 9 punts against TCU ended up inside the 20.
Clint Mower heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-6 TT, 1 FR. 2006: Starting snapper in all 13 games ... began the season as the long snapper (punts), and added short snapping duties (field goal/PAT) in the final four games ... did not made a bad snap all season (59 long snaps/20 short snaps) ...JC: Transfer from Dixie State College … played in NJCAA National Championship, the 2003 Dixie Rotary Bowl.
*Sean Smith heading into rJr season: 2008: Played in thirteen games, starting twelve contests at left cornerback (Utah started four safeties vs. Air Force)…Made 46 tackles (23 solos), ranking seventh on the team…Added a 10-yard sack, two stops for losses of 12 yards and a forced fumble…Deflected nine passes and intercepted five others for 151 yards in returns (30.2 avg), including one touchdown…Had 65 passes targeted into his area, as the opposition caught 26 of those throws (40.0%) for 273 yards (10.5 yards per pass completion/4.2 yards per pass attempt), two touchdowns and twelve first downs… Registered ten third-down stops and two more on fourth-down vs. the pass…His main pass coverage assignments totaled 163 yards and two scores on eleven receptions...Smith started 22-of-39 games at Utah; one at nickel back and 21 at left cornerback…He recorded 80 tackles (43 solos) with a 10-yard sack and three stops for losses of 18 yards…Caused one fumble and deflected sixteen passes…Had nine interceptions for 151 yards in returns, including one touchdown…His 151 return yards rank eleventh on the school career-record list, but were good for fifth on the Utes' season-record chart behind Norm Thompson (259 in 1969); Erroll Tucker (215 in 1985); Harold Lusk (184 in 1994) and Gary Barker (183 in 1967)…His four pass deflections vs. New Mexico in 2007 tied the school game-record he shares with Erroll Tucker (vs. Air Force, 1984), Clarence Fields (vs. Boise State, 1987), Kareem Leary (vs. Colorado State, 1994), Clarence Lawson (vs. SMU, 1996), Eric Weddle (vs. New Mexico, 2005) and Brice McCain (vs. New Mexico, 2007)...2007: Played in all 13 games, starting 10 ... nine of his starts were at corner and one came at nickel back ... four interceptions led Utah and tied the third-best individual total in the MWC ... seven pass breakups was the second most by a Ute ... 32 total tackles ... one tackle for loss ... 2006: Played in all 13 games ... played receiver in the first 11 games and then moved to cornerback for the last two.
Zane Beadles heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: First-team All-MWC … named Utah's Top Offensive Lineman … played and started in 12 games (missed UNLV game with injury) … led Utah with 40 knockdowns (bowl stats were not kept) … had 42 pancake blocks and 27 cuts … first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII … Academic all-MWC … made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. 2007: Second-team all-conference … started all 13 games at left tackle … moved from guard to tackle in preseason camp after a season-ending injury to the scheduled starter, Jason Boone … participated in 856 plays in the regular season (bowl stats were not kept) to rank second on the line … totaled 22 pancake blocks, 37 knockdowns and 17 cuts in regular season play … achieved the best overall grade on the line in six games … Academic all-MWC … made Utah’s Athletics Academic Honor Roll. 2006: Played in all 13 games and started 12 at left guard (came off the bench against BYU after missing practice with a concussion) … in 12 regular season games (bowl stats were not kept), he participated in 696 plays--for an average of 58 plays per game … totaled 10 pancake blocks, 10 cut blocks and 19 knockdowns … received the highest grade (83%) of the Utah offensive linemen in his very first college game (the season-opener at UCLA) … personal-best grades of 87% against both Northern Arizona and TCU … made the Dean's List and Utah's Athletics Academic Honor Roll. 2005: Redshirt. Personal: Mother, Jamie Legerski, played basketball for Wyoming and father, Brad, played baseball for Hutchinson J.C.
Zane Taylor heading into rSr season: 2010: First-team all-MWC ... started 12 games at center, missing the New Mexico game with a knee injury ... led the offensive line in plays per game, averaging 59.7 in the nine games that were graded (no grades kept against Air Force, BYU or Boise State) ... nine cuts and nine pancake blocks in 10 games... Academic all-MWC...2009: Second-team All-MWC ... started all 13 games at center, snapping the ball 810 times in regular season play ... led Utah in cuts (33) and finished second in pancake blocks (16) ... graded out at 90% or better three times (Oregon, Colorado State and BYU) ... Academic all-MWC...2008: Honorable mention all-MWC ... started all 13 games at center ... 15 pancake blocks in the regular season ... 35 knockdowns ... 22 cuts ... Academic all-MWC ... made the Dean's List (3.85 GPA) and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll...2007: Played in eight games, mostly on special teams ... backed up at right guard and participated in 20 offensive plays ...2006: Redshirt ... won the team's Future Award for Offense ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Koa Misi heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite (Minus 18 pounds at weigh-in from listed weight/262)…2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; 31 Sol-68 TT, 8.5 TFL, 3 SK, 6 PBU, 1 FR, 3 FF; Second-team all-conference … started 12 games at end and one (Air Force) at tackle … 68 total tackles led Utah's linemen and ranked third overall … 8.5 TFL and six pass breakups ranked third on the team … led Utah with three forced fumbles (tied for the third-most in the MWC) … won Utah's defensive Iron Ute award. 2007: 13 GP; 10 GS; 29 Sol-67 TT, 8 TFL, 2.5 SK, 2 PBU, 2 FR; Started the last 11 games at tackle … played at defensive end for the first two games, moving to tackle when injuries struck … third on the team in tackles with 67 … academic all-MWC. JC: First-team all-conference defensive end … helped Santa Rosa Junior College to a division title and a bowl invitation. Personal: Father, Sione, played football for Hawaii … full name is Nawa'akoa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa Misi (pronounced ko-a mee-see).
Eric Rowe heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Eagles' six picks: Round 2/47 - CB Eric Rowe, CB, 6-1, 205, Utah...The Eagles like big corners that excel in press man coverage and Rowe fits the bill. He also has extensive experience at safety. Thirty-six of his 45 career starts at Utah were at safety. The Eagles likely will start him out at corner, where he'll compete for the starting job opposite Byron Maxwell. - The Sports Xchange
*Jeremiah Poutasi heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Titans' nine picks: Round 3/66 - Jeremiah Poutasi, T, 6-5, 335, Utah...Poutasi comes to the Titans with a very good chance to start right away at right tackle. All he has to do is beat out unproductive free-agent signee Byron Bell and career backup Byron Stingily in camp. If he does so, then the Titans will have four-fifths of an offensive line with three years experience or less. - The Sports Xchange
Paul Kruger heading into rSo season: 2008: All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated and College Football News...All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice...Started all 13 games at right defensive end, ranking fifth on the team with 61 tackles (31 solo)...Led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with 7.5 sacks for minus 52 yards...Paced the Utes and ranked second in the MWC with 16.5 stops for losses of 75 yards...Deflected seven passes and had one interception for 30 yards...Caused two fumbles and recovered another...Helped the team post a 13-0 record, as the defense ranked 11th in the nation vs. the run (99.15 yards per game) and in total defense (289.15 yards per game)...Kruger started 24-of-26 games at Utah, recording 124 tackles (55 solo) with 10.5 sacks for minus-74 yards, 24.0 stops for losses of 108 yards and two interceptions that he returned for a total of 54 yards...Caused three fumbles and recovered three others...His 16.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 2008 rank seventh on the school season-record list behind Joe Clausi (28.0 in 1989); Jimmy Bellamy (21.0 in 1991); Filipo Mokofisi (20.0 in 1984); John Frank (20.0 in 1999 and 18.0 in 1998) and Bronzell Miller (17.0 in 1994)...His 75 yards on those tackles for loss placed ninth on the school season-record chart...His 52 yards in losses on 7.5 sacks in 2008 are good for ninth on Utah's annual record list...Kruger's four sacks vs. Utah State in 2008 tied the school record he shares with Jeff Reyes (vs. Hawaii, 1983), Kevin Polston (vs. Utah State, 1985) and John Frank (vs. Boise State, 1999)...2007: 63 tackles was the most among league's freshman linemen and the second-best freshman total at any position ... 63 tackles ranked fourth on the team ... also had 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception...2006 & 2005: Served 2 year LDS church mission...2004: Redshirt...born Feb. 15, 1986...23 years old.
Keith McGill heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 4/116 - Keith McGill, CB, 6-3, 211, Utah...The Raiders looked past off-the-field issues that included a 2012 DUI arrest and a reputation for not taking the sport seriously enough in part because McGill said he has matured. The physical talent is not in question. McGill is a big, physical press corner who was a standout in the receiver-rich Pac-12 conference. - The Sports Xchange
Robert Johnson heading into Sr season: 2008: 12 GP; 11 GS; 18 Sol-41 TT, 0.5 TFL, 4 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FR; Missed the UNLV game (hamstring) ... all four of his interceptions came against ranked opponents (2 vs. Alabama, 1 vs. TCU, 1 vs. BYU) ... first of two interceptions in the Utes' win over Alabama Sugar Bowl led to a Utah TD ... made game-ending interception in the big win over TCU ... preseason all-MWC ... member of Utah's Student-Athlete Mentors (SAMS). 2007: 12 GP; 7 GS; 26 Sol-44 TT, 0.5 TFL, 3 INT, 4 PBU, 2 FF; Honorable mention all-MWC … made seven starts at free safety …injured his shoulder in the third game of the season; missed one complete game and played in a limited capacity in several others … named the Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of Week, MWC Defensive Player of the Week, and won an ESPN Helmet Sticker for his work in Utah’s win over No. 11 UCLA, the game prior to the injury; he had two interceptions, a pass breakup, six tackles and a forced fumble into the end zone for a touchback. JC: Honorable mention junior college All-American in 2006 … also all-conference, all-district and all-state in '06 … 96 total tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble for L.A. Southwest College … also ran track for L.A. Southwest … 21.65 clocking in 200 meters and 47.52 in 400 meters … 6'8" high jumper. Personal: Brother Elijah was a wide receiver at L.A. Southwest.
Nate Orchard heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 2/51 - Nate Orchard, OLB, 6-3, 250, Utah...Orchard played end in college but will be an outside linebacker in the Browns' 3-4 defense. He had 3.5 sacks in 2013 and 18.5 last season. The Browns need to improve their pass rush because Jabaal Sheard left in free agency to sign with New England and Barkevious Mingo is coming off shoulder surgery. - The Sports Xchange
Trevor Reilly heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 7/233 -- Trevor Reilly, OLB, 6-5, 245, Utah...At 26, Reilly will be older than many of the players he meets this summer in Cortland. But Reilly -- who spent two years on a Mormon mission before enrolling at Utah -- will get a chance to prove he can chip in as a situational pass rusher. - The Sports Xchange
Tony Bergstrom heading into Sr season: Previously, the latest slot the Raiders ever used on their first selection was No. 54 on Washington defensive end Dave Browning in 1978. The hope of general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen was for depth and players who could compete for roster spots regardless of position, and at best that's what they will get. Tony Bergstrom and fourth-round pick Miles Burris fit the McKenzie mold as players whose love for the details of football and unquestioned effort on the field make them likely contributors. The draft did contain two Al Davis-like picks in defensive linemen Jack Crawford and Christo Bilukidi, gifted athletes who were originally basketball players before taking up the sport late in high school and then playing in college. Unless Bilukidi pans out instantly as an interior presence against the run, the Raiders did not appear to make a move designed to shore up one of the NFL's worst run defenses over the past nine years. BEST PICK: Guard/tackle Tony Bergstrom: Bergstrom has the requisite mobility and skill to be an excellent cut-blocker in the zone blocking scheme. He'll begin as a guard, but if the Raiders want to keep Cooper Carlisle in the lineup they could move him to right tackle and he would have a chance eventually to start there. - The Sports Xchange
Caleb Schlauderaff heading into rSr season: 2010: Second-team Walter Camp and SI.com All-America offensive guard ... third-team Associated Press All-American ... Phil Steele fourth-team All-American ... first-team all-MWC ... started all 13 games at left guard ... led Utah with an 88% grade, winning 506 of his 576 plays in the 10 games that were graded (no grades kept for Air Force, BYU or Boise State) ... team-high 20 pancake blocks with 11 cuts in 11 games (no stats kept for BYU, Boise State) ... Academic all-MWC...2009: Second-team all-MWC ... started all 13 games at left guard ... played just 11 snaps against SDSU due to a knee injury, but still led Utah with 21 pancake blocks in regular season play ... also had 26 cuts ... finished with an 84% overall grade (624 wins in 747 plays) ... Academic all-MWC...2008: Started all 13 games at left guard ... team-best 46 pancake blocks in regular season play ... 31 knockdowns and 19 cuts ... Academic all-MWC ... made Dean's List (3.85 GPA) and Utah Athletic Director's Honor Roll...2007: Played in all 13 games and started at left guard in the last 10 ... in on 686 plays in the regular season ... 27 pancake blocks, 31 knockdowns and 24 cuts ... Academic all-MWC...2006: Redshirted.
*Brandon Burton heading into rJr season: 2010: Second-team All-MWC ... started all 13 games at cornerback ... led Utah and ranked tied for fifth in the league with eight pass breakups ... two interceptions was tied for ninth in the MWC ... sixth in the league in passes defended (10) ... 51 tackles with one TFL ... career-high seven tackles with an interception against San Diego State ...2009: Played in 13 games with 12 starts (Utah started four linebackers against Air Force) ... led Utah and tied for second in the league in pass breakups (10) ... tied for fourth in the MWC in passes defended average (0.85) ... 47 tackles with 4.0 TFL and a sack ...2008: Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... made two tackles against Weber State ... solo tackle against Wyoming...2007: Redshirted.
*Joe Kruger heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: 7/212 - Joe Kruger, DE/OLB, 6-6, 269, Utah...Kruger played on the same defensive line at Utah with first-round pick Star Lotulelei. With the Eagles switching to a 3-4, they could use Kruger as both a five-technique end and a stand-up edge rusher. - The Sports Xchange
*Sealver Siliga heading into Jr season: 2010: Honorable mention all-MWC ... played and started in 12 games (missed the SDSU game with a shin injury) ... second among the Ute linemen with 41 tackles ... 4.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks ...2009: Honorable mention All-MWC ... played in all 13 games with nine starts at tackle ... 49 tackles was the most by a Ute underclassman and ranked fifth overall ... 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack ...2008: Played in 12 games as a member of the regular rotation on the line ... seven total tackles included an assisted TFL.
Brian Johnson heading into rSr season: 2007: 11 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 85-150-1.8-2; Pass: 272-181-66.5-1847-11-10; Played in 11 games, starting 10 … 8-2 as the starter … San Diego Poinsettia Bowl Offensive MVP … separated his right shoulder in the first game of the season (Oregon State) and missed the next two games before returning to the field the second half against UNLV … finished fourth in the MWC in pass efficiency with a 129.6 rating … led the MWC quarterbacks in completion percentage (66.5%) … 66.5% completion percentage is the third-best ever in a season by a Ute … completed 181-of-272 pass attempts for 1,847 yards (167.9 yards per game) and 11 touchdowns … 10.2 yards per completion is tied for fifth in a season by a Ute …2006: Redshirted rehabbing a knee injury suffered late in the 2005 season...2005: 10 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 152-478-3.1-8; Pass: 330-210-63.6-2892-18-7; Second-team all-conference quarterback started in the first 10 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against New Mexico on Nov. 12 (surgery on Dec. 1) ... finished No. 1 in the MWC and No. 4 in the nation in total offense (337.0 yards per game) ... also No. 1 in the MWC (11th in the nation) in pass efficiency (151.0) ... No. 2 in the MWC in passing yards per game (289.2 average) ... completed 63.6% of his passes (210-of-330) for 2,892 yards and 18 touchdowns ... 7 interceptions was tied for the fewest of any MWC QB ...2004: 10 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 21-92-4.4-1; Pass: 21-14-66.7-142-1-1; True freshman appeared in 10 games as the backup to 2005 No. 1 NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith ...2 touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 passing) ... pass efficiency of 129.7... father played football for UTEP.
Brice McCain heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; KR: 18-419-23.3-0; 22 Sol-28 TT, 1 INT, 11 PBU, 1 FF; Second team all-MWC defensive back started all 13 games … tied the school's single-game record for pass breakups with four against New Mexico … 11 season pass breakups is tied for fifth all-time at Utah … tied for third in the MWC in pass breakups and finished fifth in passes defended with 12 (11 breakups and 1 interception) … had 28 tackles and one forced fumble … on the kickoff return team for the first seven games and led the team with 18 KOR for 419 yards (23.3 average) …2006: 13 GP; 12 GS; KR: 18-404-22.4-0; 15 Sol-28 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU; Honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference kick returner also started 12 games at cornerback (played in all 13) ... led Utes with 5 pass breakups... began returning kickoffs in game five and finished fourth in the MWC in kick return average (22.4 average) ...2005: 10 GP; 1 GS; 10 Sol-12 TT; Appeared in 10 games with one start at cornerback ... 12 total tackles included 10 solo stops ... season-high 5 tackles (4 solos) against Colorado State.
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