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Why Utah’s OL Talent Will Blossom In 2013

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A close loss last November to running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona Wildcats didn't just knock Utah out of the bowl picture; it marked the only defeat in three games in which Siaosi Aiono started. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
A close loss last November to running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona Wildcats didn't just knock Utah out of the bowl picture; it marked the only defeat in three games in which Siaosi Aiono started. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

Aiono (6-foot-2, 305) has the edge, asserted after spring ball, because of his proven athleticism (26 plays on the line last year as a redshirt freshman). Injuries caused the West Covina, Calif., native to be thrust into six games, including the final five of the season, when the Utes went 3-2. He played on offense in threee games (a loss to Arizona and wins over Cal and Washington State).

Aiono was a first-team all-Sierra League and second-team all-state player at South Hills High (Calif.).