Lotulei Gets Star Treatment, Nice Film Break Down on Cal's Blog
An outstanding analysis of Lotulei by reviewing a set of plays and indicating strengths and weaknesses. It's the type of in-depth analysis of a player that makes the game more meaningful to you. You can read it here. The analysis identifies Lotulei in a film still, indicates what went right or wrong for both sides and how Lotulei impacted the play or was neutralized. He noted that Lotulei's ability to anticipate the snap (huge for any D lineman or backer) made an enormous difference in his effectiveness. His synopsis reads as follows:
My impressions (from the admittedly one game) I watched is that Lotulelei is certainly quick and he is devastating when he anticipates the snap count. He had trouble fighting the double team and will need to improve because he will see plenty more double teams this year and first round picks shouldn't get blown off the line. He plays best when he can fire straight ahead, engage the blocker across from him early and use his strength and balance to disrupt plays. When his first move is lateral or backward he plays upright and is much more easily blocked. He doesn't collapse the pocket on passing plays and he is not one of those D-linemen who are going to chase a play 10 yards downfield. He isn't a sideline to sideline pursuer, more like hash mark to hash mark.
That said, he could be a monster this year if he spent the off-season focused on strength and conditioning.
A worthy read from one of our conference rivals and a reminder of why this league is different from the fan ramblings in the WAC and MWC.