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Why Utah’s OL Talent Will Blossom In 2013

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Jeremiah Poutasi faces USC last season. The sophomore, already an All Pac-12 honoree, has been billed as "Utah's next great lineman." Photo by George Frey/Getty Images.
Jeremiah Poutasi faces USC last season. The sophomore, already an All Pac-12 honoree, has been billed as "Utah's next great lineman." Photo by George Frey/Getty Images.

The Utes should consider themselves fortunate to have this sophomore. He’s already an All Pac-12 player, having earned an honorable mention last year as a true freshman. Now he’s an All-American candidate that Whittingham has billed as Utah’s “next great lineman.” At left tackle, he is being charged with a huge responsibility: guarding the blind side of Travis Wilson (or Adam Schulz or Brandon Cox). 

The sophomore is 6-foot-5, 345 pounds, but "light on his feet," Whittingham said. The Salt Lake Tribune's Lya Wodraska has assessed that the Las Vegas product may be "Utah’s next great lineman." Coming out of Deseret Pines High School, Poutasi was a first-team all-state performer, a four-star recruit and the 10th-rated offensive guard by Rivals.com. He was also named the top offensive lineman in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-America Game in Dallas.

This season may mark a track for Poutasi similar to the one his cousin Paul Fanaika found en route to the Seattle Seahawks franchise. That’s not a bad trajectory, especially considering he doesn’t even turn 19 until Aug. 7.