Pac 12 Football Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Big news from the big man on campus.
The 6-foot-3, 325-pound team captain, who was recently named the best defensive lineman in the Pac-12 by his peers, is putting an NFL career on hold after weighing his options.
“I think it would be better for me and my family if I stayed,” Lotulelei said while noting he consulted with his parents and wife, Angelina, after getting input from some scouts about his future. Education was also a big factor in Lotulelei’s decision, as he’ll earn his degree next fall.
“I’ll be back and hopefully help the team to go a little bit further next season,” added the first-team all-conference honoree, who is busy preparing with his teammates for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.
Lotulelei, who was double-teamed much of the season but still tied for the team lead with nine tackles-for-loss, is this year’s winner of the Morris Trophy — an award presented each year to the Pac-12′s top defensive lineman as voted upon by the conference’s starting offensive linemen.