Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
Scrimmage Saturday is open to the public.
First scrimmage is Friday at 4 p.m.
Lotulelei, Dunn make first team; Brenner second team.
UTAH: All-conference candidate has started since his true freshman season, playing and starting in 35 games ... returns for his senior season after missing all of 2013 with an injury ... starter at strong safety also plays linebacker ... 2010 Freshman All-American ... three-time honorable mention all-conference ... also three-time academic all-conference ... eight career interceptions includes two game-saving picks ... six career forced fumbles is tied for the fourth-most in school history ... recruited to play quarterback, he won the starting job at strong safety in the first week of his first fall camp.
2013-Medical redshirt missed the entire season with an injury.
2012-Honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... played and started in the last nine games (eight at strong safety, one at rover linebacker) ... led Utes in tackles per game (6.44) ... 58 total tackles ranked third on the team ... five pass breakups was tied for second ... also had 3.5 tackles for loss and interception and a forced fumble ... team tackle leader against USC (9) and UCLA (8) ... also had nine tackles against Arizona ... first-team Academic All-Pac-12.
2011-Honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... played and started in all 13 games ... played linebacker in the first four games and strong safety in the final nine games ... tied for eighth in the Pac-12 in interceptions (3) ... tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in forced fumbles (3) and seventh in forced fumbles per game (0.23) ... third on the team with 78 tackles ... 8.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks ... two pass breakups ... led Utah in tackles against Washington (12), Cal (10) and UCLA (8) ... blocked a field goal against Cal ... six tackles and a TFL in bowl win over Georgia Tech ... two interceptions and seven tackles against Montana State ... forced fumbles against USC, UCLA and Colorado ... six tackles against Pitt included two TFL with a 4-yard sack ... interception against Washington State ... Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
2010-Made four freshman All-America teams: Sporting News, Rivals.com (second team), Phil Steele (second team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (honorable mention) ... honorable mention all-MWC defensive back was a three-time MWC Defensive Player of the Week (Pittsburgh, Air Force, BYU) ... finished third in the MWC in interceptions (4) and interceptions per game (0.31) ... second on the team and tied for seventh in the MWC in passes defended with nine (5 pass breakups, 4 interceptions) ... tied for third on the team with 67 tackles ... 3.5 TFL (1.5 sacks) ... in his first college game, he intercepted a pass on the first play of overtime against Pitt to set up the winning field goal ... pick in the end zone with 1:22 remaining against San Diego State allowed the Utes to run out the clock for a 38-34 victory ... season-high nine tackles against Air Force and TCU ... forced fumbles against TCU and in Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State ... six tackles against Boise State ... recovered a fumble at Air Force ... Academic all-MWC.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-CIF, all-county and all-Marmonte League utility player ... quarterback also played linebacker, safety and punter ... as a senior in 2009, he was the No. 14 ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 87 overall player in the state of California by Rivals.com ... No. 34-ranked quarterback by ESPN ... No. 76-ranked linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... Moorpark High School (Calif.) was a two-time CIF finalist ... team also won back-to-back Marmonte League championships in 2008-09 ... in his senior season, he rushed 54 times for 414 yards (7.7 average) and six touchdowns ... also had 52 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions (returned one 80 yards for a touchdown) ... set Moorpark High punting record at 43.3 yards per punt on 34 punts ... lettered four years in football, two years in track and one year in swimming and basketball.
PERSONAL: Son of Robert Blechen and Marta Alarcon Blechen ... grandfather (Bob Blechen) was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1956 and played organized football until he was 64 years old ... father and uncle played college football ... has two brothers ... enjoys snowboarding and video games ... received a bachelor's degree in sociology in December 2013 ... full name is Brian Alexander Blechen (pronounced bleckin) ... born Sept. 30, 1991 during Monday Night Football.