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Utah OL Lo Falemaka named to Rimington and Outland Trophy Award watch lists

NCAA Football: Utah at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Utah’s starting center, Lo Falemaka, has been named to a couple of watch lists over the last couple of days, including the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman, and the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s best center. The former walk on has come a long way for the Utes, especially getting named to these lists after making the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention teamlast season.

Lo had a good season a year ago, and came a long way while playing center. He did have some struggles with some low snaps early in the season, but that got more consistent as the season went along. Like Julian Blackmon, who was also named to two lists (thus far), Falemaka is a local kid looking to make a much bigger name for himself in his senior season with hopes for a career in the NFL. It is an experienced group at the offensive line, and Lo will be the one to help lead the group, so hopefully he can have a healthy season in the middle of the line.

With a returning quarterback and a talented offensive backfield, it will be up to the offensive line to lead the way for the Utes. They had some issues protecting in the pass game last year, and with a full off season under their belt, we should hopefully see a fully cohesive unit with four guys returning.