Lotulelei, who won the Morris Award after an impressive 2011 season, mulled his options but ultimately decided that playing one more year of college ball felt right.
"I talked it over with my wife and parents. A big part was not feeling like I was ready physically and mentally," he said.
Now, with his focus on the upcoming season, Lotulelei feels confident that the defense can continue to improve this year.
"Our defense is looking good. We lost a couple of players, but everyone seems like they will be stepping up. Spring went well," he said.
As the Utes enter fall camp, Lotulelei says he's focusing most on his technique, including hand placement and footwork.
With the Utes' first season of playing in the Pac-12 behind them, Lotulelei feels strongly that the team will be better prepared come fall.
"The biggest thing is that every week is competition. Every week is going to be a big game. We can't afford to slack off at all this season if we want a shot at the South Division," he said.
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