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Star Lotulelei plans to play for Utes next year

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SOUTH BEND IN - NOVEMBER 13: Sealver Siliga #98 and Star Lotulelei #92 of the Utah Utes stop Jonas Gray #25 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on November 13 2010 in South Bend Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND IN - NOVEMBER 13: Sealver Siliga #98 and Star Lotulelei #92 of the Utah Utes stop Jonas Gray #25 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on November 13 2010 in South Bend Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Utah's best defensive player, who many felt could go pro after his junior year, says he's planning on returning for his senior season. At least that's what Dirk Facer tweeted earlier tonight.

Earlier this week, Lotulelei was the defensive recipient of the Morris Trophy, which is awarded to the Pac-12's best offensive and defensive linemen.

For the Utes' defense, this is huge news if he does decide to stick around and hopefully means some good things for 2012.