What a great kid and an equally great player. He is going to create some
serious problem for opposing offenses this year.
Of course the education aspect is invaluable, although there are a lot of guys
that finish up their degrees after coming out early, but I think this was also a
wise career move as well.Anybody who's seen Star play knows
that he's a first round talent, evidenced by the votes of the offensive
linemen in the conference. The problem is outside of the conference most on a
national level hadn't seen him play, and any who had likely knew that
because most others hadn't they could pick him up in probably the 3rd round
for a fraction of the price tag of his real value.I expect
he'll sign a contract next summer worth much more in his first year than
what his first two or three years would have been had he entered the draft this
year. In any event, I'm glad to see him back and excited about what he can
achieve going forward!
Star is not only a great player but a great person as well. I'm so glad he
stayed with the Utes for his senior year. He will be a force next year for the
Utes defense - I'm sure teams are going to have to double team him which
will open up room for the Kruger brothers to do some damage.Looking
forward to football season!
I wish Star nothing but the best. He will be one of the key players for Utah
against the Trojans.StGtoSLC, you confuse the NFL draft with
popularity polls like All American. NFL teams will watch tape of every game
he's played, they have seen him play in person, they will test him at
combine and at Utah's Pro Day. Teams often get it wrong in picking, but it
wouldn't be because he flew under the radar as a junior. He'd have
been a first or second rounder this year, and barring injury, he'll be a
first or second rounder next year.
I am proud and happy for Star. This is great. I like that he stayed for his
senior to finish up his degree. At least then if football doesn't work out,
he will be able to fall back on his degree in ... SOCIOLOGY?! Oh no!!
I hope it will work out for him. With regard to college degree the opportunity
to get it will always be there for as long as he wants. The risk of injury and
the chances of him repeating the last season's success will be very hard
given that all the teams will pay more attention to him than they did last
season. If he gets hurt or failed to live up to expectations he may not be
drafted and go as free agent loosing a tonne... I think he has a lot more to
loose staying. Best of luck bro
The is a beast on the field. It is great to see that he has his head on
straight too. Maybe he can join Coach Whitt's corp of home-grown coaching
talent when he is finished playing (may that be ever-so-long). Good luck, Star!
Gotta love this kid. He's got such a solid head on his shoulders and
obviously makes good decisions. I'm very excited to watch him play this
fall. He's definitely important to our Defense. What a stud!!!
He is a great example to the polynesian young and old. He is also a stud sounds
like a great kid and family man. Remember football will end one day, then what
do u do with the rest of your life.Go Utes
This guy in undoubtedly first round talent. Many think think that getting a
college football is "less" than an academic scholarship. I couldn't
disagree more.It all depends on what you do with it. Star will
become a great NFL player, but all know he's only one hit away from it all
crumbling too. By getting his degree, it not only for him but for
all the other players who think NFL is the only saving grace. AS one person put
it, "PLaying college football isn't a four year decision, it's a
40 year decision. Congrats and good luck. GO Utes
Part of me wants Star back, but part of me wanted him to enter the draft. I
worry that he could be hurt when he has already proven he is a 1st or 2nd round
talent. I'm glad Sealver told him what to do. I feel like Siliga got some
bad advice and is struggling to make it in the NFL.The degree will
help when he comes back in 15 years as a grad assistant.Here's
to a strong and injury free year.GO UTES!
Where is his younger brother going to play college ball?
I have been to most of the practices this spring and what I see from this team
over years past, is that they are looking more and more like a PAC12 team. The
speed, size, athleticism, and depth at most positions is incredible. They are
much further along at this time than they were last year. This could be a very
good year for Utah Utes football.
I thought BYU didn't lose recruits to Anyone? Interesting...
Star was one of my favortie players to watch last year. Watching him blow up
plays and destroy blicking schemes was great. I wish him another
great season and an opportunity to hear his name called in the first round of
the NFL draft when the time comes. He's a great athlete and example. If
you want to get a sense of how classy he is you should watch his Morris Trophy
acceptance speech.Go Star! Go Utes!
@jp skilletBYU didn't "lose" him to the utes, he
couldn't qualify academically for BYU even though he committed to them. He
still couldn't qualify academically for BYU after he went to Snow and if
you actually bothered to read the article his High School coach said he barely
qualified at utah which has much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much lower
academic standards than does BYU.As for Star himself, well he is a
beast, absolutely. I wish he would have been academically capable of keeping his
committment to BYU and not had to settle on going to utah. But I am glad to see
he eventually realized what is important and applied himself to getting it done.
I have no doubt he'll be a good NFL player and no doubt when he is finished
with the NFL he'll do more good things as he seems to be a fine person on
top of being a very good football player.
I am thrilled Star came back for a senior run. I wish him good health, a degree,
and a long future in the NFL.
@ DuckhunterYeah. BYU is the Northwestern of Utah County.
@Ernest T BassI don't know where his brother is going to
college but.... he has been at spring ball most sessions and in the Dline huddle
listening in. Looks like he could be a Ute, and why wouldn't he
be? Look at the U's record for putting Dlinemen into the league.
"his High School coach said he barely qualified at utah which has much,
much, much, much, much, much, much, much lower academic standards than does
BYU." - DuckyDucky,Seeing that you're personal
friends with both the Utah and bYu coaching staffs and have a deep understand of
the SPECIFIC academic requirements of both Utah and ByU. Can you enlighten all
of us on the SPECIFIC differences between the two programs?What if theGPA
needed for an incoming bYu football player/Utah football player?Can't wait to see your response.
@DuckhunterYou claimed that "Utah...has much, much, much, much,
much, much, much, much lower academic standards than does BYU". I'm curious to learn what specific academic standards you had in mind
when you made that claim. Did you have in mind the average incoming
high school GPA of students at the respective schools? If so, the
average incoming high school GPA of University of Utah students is a 3.5, and
the average incoming high school GPA of BYU students is a 3.8. Do
you really consider a three tenths of a point differential "much, much,
much, much, much, much, much, much lower"?Probably not, so
perhaps you had in mind the respective school's minimum GPA in order to
remain in good academic standing. If so, the minimum GPA in order to
remain in good academic standing at the University of Utah is a 2.0. The minimum
GPA in order to remain in good standing at BYU is also a 2.0. Therefore, I'm guessing you didn't actually have any standards in
mind when you made that claim. Snobbery is sufficiently unbecoming
in itself. Uninformed snobbery is worse. Unjustified snobbery is worst.
Everyone- Duckhunter knows everything there is to know about
football, academic standards, stadium capacity, hot dog prices at college
football games, etc. If he says that Star didn't qualify for BYU's
ultra high standards for incoming football players (3.95 min. gpa i think right
ducky?), then we should believe him no questions asked.
@hedgehogAs published in the Dnews July 5, 2011:"The
baseline to enroll at BYU and to be part of its football program is a 3.3 GPA,
coupled with a 19 on the ACT. There is a bit of a sliding scale, as someone
could qualify with a 3.0 GPA and a 24 on the ACT, according to coaches, but they
try to stick as closely to the stated "baseline" as possible.Most schools, particularly state schools, don't have enrollment
requirements quite as high as BYU's. Utah, due to its joining the Pac-12,
recently raised theirs to a baseline of a 2.6 GPA and an 18 on the ACT while
Utah State calls for a 2.5 minimum GPA and a 19 on the ACT."
Looks like FYI took care of this. ute "fans" back to your holes.LOL!
Great job Star. You made the right decision for yourself, your immediate
family, and future NFL career. Do what you have to do now, get a college degree
and finish out a great football year at Utah. The rest of your life will take
care of itself. 'Ofa atu.