Star Lotulelei

Star Lotulelei

Carolina Panther, DL

Played with Utah Utes

Wore the Buddha print for his 1st round draft pic, also wears in in ESPN interviews on signing day.


Star was born in Tonga, he moved with his family to Utah at age 9. He attended Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah. Playing defensive lineman at 240 pounds, he helped the team to a 14–0 record and a state title in 2006. He also registered 72 tackles and seven sacks as a senior.



In 2010, he arrived at the University of Utah, while playing for the Utah Utes football team he became a starter. He totaled 21 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss. Star also made several appearances at offensive guard. In 2011, he was an All-Pac-12 Conference performer and won the Morris Trophy as the league's best defensive lineman. He registered 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also played in the 2011 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech. He made six tackles and recovered a fumble and was named the Bowl's Most Valuable Lineman. In his senior year, he started in all 12 games at nose tackle. He recorded 42 tackles included a team-high 11 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.



In preseason mock drafts from May 2012, Star was listed as a late first-rounder for the 2013 NFL Draft as well; by mid-season, he had moved up to a top-3 spot. In his rookie year, Star started all 16 regular games for the Panthers, recording 42 tackles, three sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. He led the NFL in run stop percentage among defensive tackles, and helped Carolina improve from 14th in the NFL in run defense in 2012 (110.1 yards per game) to second (86.9 yards per game) in 2013. The Panthers finished first in the NFL with 60 sacks in 2013, second in points per game, and third in DVOA team defense. He finished 4th in AP Defensive Rookie of the Year voting

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