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2014 Utah Football Scouting Report: Defensive Line

Defensive end Nate Orchard has his sights set on an all-conference senior season.

Defensive end Nate Orchard has his sights set on an all-conference senior season.

June 16, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - With the @Utah_Football season approaching, utahutes.com will break down the personnel on the Ute roster with the lowdown, headliners and newcomer spotlight for 10 position groups. Today's edition outlines Utah's defensive line.

2014 utahutes.com @Utah_Football Scouting Report

Tuesday, June 10: Offensive Line
Wednesday, June 11: Quarterbacks
Thursday, June 12: Running Backs
Friday, June 13: Wide Receivers
Saturday, June 14: Tight Ends
Monday, June 16: Defensive Line
Tuesday, June 17: Linebackers
Wednesday, June 18: Cornerbacks
Thursday, June 19: Safeties
Friday, June 20: Kicking Game


The Lowdown
For the last two decades, Utah's defensive line has dominated opponents under Kyle Whittingham's watch--first as the defensive line coach and coordinator, and for the last nine years as the head coach. This year's version, managed by defensive line coach Ilaisa Tuiaki, will be as fearsome as ever.

Headliners Returning
Explosive defensive end Nate Orchard (6-4, 255) has not missed a game since his true freshman season and is primed for an all-conference senior season, while junior defensive end Jason Fanaika (6-3, 270) will make his eagerly-awaited Utah debut. Interchangeable tackles Viliseni Fauonuku (5-10, 285, Jr.), Sese Ianu (6-2, 290, Sr.) and Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (6-1, 320, So.) are a disruptive force in the middle.



Newcomer Spotlight
The coaches hope that Lowell Lotulelei (6-1, 310, Fr.) follows in the footsteps of older brother Star Lotulelei, a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 defensive tackle for Utah who became a first-round NFL draft pick and a starter for the Carolina Panthers.

Coach Whittingham Says
"As always, we expect the defensive line to be a strong suit for us. Returning starter Nate Orchard should be one of the best ends in the Pac-12 this year and we have size, physicality and quickness along the entire front."

The Personnel
Hayden Clegg
Hunter Dimick
Jason Fanaika
Tame Fangupo
Viliseni Fauonuku
Alani Havili-Katoa
Sese Ianu
Harvey Langi
Lowell Lotulelei
Nick Mitchell
Filipo Mokofisi
Daniel Nielson
Moana Ofahengaue
Nate Orchard
Likio Pope
Greg Reese
Clint Shepard
Clarence Smith
Pasoni Tasini
Pita Taumoepenu
Sam Tevi
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
Dave Weixler

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