Lotulelei, a two-time first-team all-Pac-12 selection, finished the season with 42 tackles, including a team-high 11 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. The senior also had four pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He lead the Pac-12 and was tied for second in the nation in fumble recoveries (4) entering bowl season.
First-team all-Pac-12 ... won the Morris Trophy as the league's best defensive lineman ... Most Valuable Lineman of the Sun Bowl ... started all 13 games at tackle ... 9.0 tackles for loss tied for second on the team ... 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... made six tackles and recovered a fumble in Utah's Sun Bowl win over Georgia Tech ... seven tackles against UCLA included an assisted TFL ... six tackles vs. Washington included 2.5 TFL ... five tackles against Arizona State ... two of three tackles against Colorado went for a loss (one sack) ... forced a fumble against BYU ... caught a 17-yard reception on a fake punt play against Cal.
Played in all 13 games, earning a starting job at tackle for the final three games of the regular season ... 21 total tackles with 2.5 TFL and a half sack ... five tackles and a half sack against San Jose State... four tackles vs. TCU included one TFL ... four tackles vs. Wyoming ... also made several cameo appearances at offensive guard.
Prepped at Bingham High (Utah), where he was first-team all-state by both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News ... 72 tackles and seven sacks as a senior in 2007 ... Bingham went 14-0 and won the state title.
Son of Star Lotulelei, Sr. ... married (Angelina) with a daughter Arilani ... sociology major ... full name is Starlite Lotulelei (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) ... born in Tonga on Dec. 20, 1989.
- ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 5. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Over the past two seasons, no defensive tackle has generated more attention from the opposition than Lotulelei, though the Utah star was put under the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons after a routine electrocardiogram at the combine turned up what appeared to be a life-threatening heart issue. Lotulelei has since passed "at least 10" medical exams, including two cardiac MRIs, considered to be the "gold standard" of all heart tests. The fact that Lotulelei was not invited back to the combine for a medical re-check is an indicator that teams are convinced the combine flareup was a fluke, making the Utes' defender a strong contender for top 10 honors. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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