(Eds: Updates with details. AP Photos planned.) By LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer Four years ago, Star Lotulelei was out of shape and out of football.
Big as a house, he was working at a Salt Lake City furniture store moving merchandise.
Now, the mountainous man will be asked to help carry Utah's defense when it faces Georgia Tech's triple-option attack in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Some thought it might be Lotulelei's last collegiate game, especially after he won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12's top defensive lineman - voted on by opposing offensive linemen.
But Lotulelei, with his grades and weight in check, believes he has room to improve and recently announced plans to return for his senior season before that run at the pros.
Considering how far he's come from those furniture store days, who's to argue.
''I said going into the season Star was going to be the best defensive lineman in the conference and that's proven to be the case,'' Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. ...