Lowell Lotulelei out to make a name for himself

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Growing up, Lowell and Star Loutulelei weren't exactly sibling rivals.

"No, it wasn't so much us going after each other," said Lowell, a freshman defensive tackle at Utah. "It was more him going after me. He's a bully, so I just let him do his thing."

Lowell is now doing his own thing, and he doesn't doesn't mind be compared to his older brother, who was a 2-time All-American and 1st round NFL Draft pick by the Carolina Panthers.

"I didn't really mind," Lowell said. "He's a good person to be compared to. I think it just pushed myself to live up to those expectations."

"Lowell is going to be his own man," said Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham. "He's not Star's little brother. He's going to make a name for himself. He's off to a great start. For a true freshman to come in and do some of the things he's been doing is pretty impressive."

In fact, Lowell was offered his brother's #92 but turned it down. Playing the same position as Star, Lowell hopes to develop into the same kind of line stuffing defensive tackle. He's already ascending up the depth chart and could see significant time this season.

"I see myself doing the same kind of thing," Lowell said. "I'm a lot heavier than he was throughout my career, but I think I'll be doing the same thing -- just plugging up holes and taking the double teams for the linebackers."

The Lotulelei brothers never got a chance to play together at Bingham High or at Utah, but maybe one day they'll be united in the NFL.

"Ya, we've talked about it," Lowell said. "He tells me that someday he wants to see me across the field, so I'm going to try and make it there."

After all, any team would be happing to add another rising Star.

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