Star Lotulelei is Utah's fourth all-time first-team A.P. All-American
Dec. 12, 2012
Utah senior defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has been named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press. It is the second major All-America team for Lotulelei, who was named a first-team Walter Camp All-American last week.
Lotulelei (pronounced lo-too-le-LAY) becomes the fourth Ute to make the A.P. All-America first team and the second player at his position. In 1994, defensive tackle Luther Elliss became the first Ute to claim first-team A.P. honors. Others were offensive tackle Jordan Gross in 2002 and kicker Louie Sakoda in 2008. Elliss, Gross and Sakoda were consensus All-Americans, meaning they made at least three of the five major first teams (A.P., Walter Camp, AFCA, Sporting News and FWAA). Sakoda is Utah's only unanimous consensus All-American, having been selected to the first team by all five organizations in 2008.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound 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 leads the Pac-12 and is tied for second in the nation in fumble recoveries (4).
With his A.P. selection, Lotulelei has made a total of five All-America teams. He was a first-team selection by A.P., Walter Camp, Athlon Sports and Scout.com/FoxSportsNext.com, and made the CBSSports.com second team.