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NFL locals tracker, Week 8: Lotulelei has three sacks, Penn scores 4th touchdown


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Star Lotulelei, already proven to be among the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL, had one of the best individual performances of his four-year pro career Sunday.

Lotulelei — a Bingham High, Snow College and University of Utah product — had a career-best three sacks, all in the first half, to help Carolina beat Arizona 30-20 at Bank of America Stadium. His single-game sack total vs. the Cardinals matched the most Lotulelei’s had in his best NFL season, as a rookie in 2013.

He also finished with six tackles, including five solo, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble while playing 47 defensive snaps and two on special teams.

Lotulelei’s first sack came on the sixth play of the game, when he caused Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer to fumble the ball. It was picked up by teammate Thomas Davis, who returned it for a 46-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

In the second quarter, Lotulelei added his second sack, taking down Palmer at the Arizona 1-yard line for a 6-yard loss. Just before the half, he had another 6-yard sack on Palmer at the Carolina 29 on a first-and-10 play.

Here’s a look at how the other players with Utah ties performed in the NFL in Week 8:



Brice McCain, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had three tackles, including one solo, and a pass deflection while playing all 72 defensive snaps for the Titans and one special teams snap.

LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: The rookie Sims had a special teams tackle and his first career fumble recovery when he scooped up a muffed catch by Jacksonville’s Marqise Lee at the Jaguars’ 35 on a kickoff. That led to a Tennessee field goal. Sims played one defensive snap and 18 on special teams.


On practice squad: Jeremiah Poutasi, G/T, Utah



Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State and Fremont High: Had a special teams tackle on 19 special teams snaps.


On practice squad: Kendal Thompson, WR, Utah


New England

Eric Rowe, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had three solo tackles on 47 defensive snaps.

Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Not active for game after being traded to New England earlier in the week.

On practice squad: Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah



Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Snow College and Bingham High: See above.

Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played 18 special teams snaps.

Paul Soliai, DT, Utah: Had one tackle on 19 defensive snaps.

On practice squad: Brian Blechen, LB, Utah; Tyler Larsen, G, Utah State and Jordan High


Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State: Played 19 special teams snaps.

On injured reserve: Alani Fua, ILB, BYU



Stephen Paea, DT, Snow College and Timpview High: Played 17 defensive snaps.

On injured reserve: Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah and Highland High

On practice squad: Jordan Leslie, WR, BYU; Mitch Mathews, WR, BYU



Tony Bergstrom, C, Utah and Skyline High: Played four special teams snaps.

Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview High: Started at left guard and played all 67 offensive snaps for the Texans.


Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Started at defensive end and had a solo tackle on 48 defensive snaps.

Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah: Killebrew had his most productive day as a rookie with a career-high four tackles, including one solo and two on special teams. He played nine defensive snaps and 18 on special teams, and one of Killebrew’s stops came on a third-and-14 when he helped stopped the runner after a 6-yard gain.

Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Started at cornerback and had three tackles, including one solo, and a pass deflection while playing 66 defensive snaps and seven on special teams.

Haloti Ngata, DT, Highland High: Not active for game with a shoulder injury.


Kansas City

Jordan Devey, OL, American Fork High and Snow College: Not active for game with an ankle injury.

Alex Smith, QB, Utah: Smith started but left the game for good after taking a couple big hits and going through the concussion protocol. He finished the game 9 for 19 for 127 yards and a touchdown while also carrying the ball twice for 9 yards. Smith was hurt on the team’s first drive of the game, then again on the Chiefs’ first drive of the third quarter. He played 29 offensive snaps, 39 percent of the team’s offensive plays.

Daniel Sorensen, DB, BYU: Sorensen had another strong game for the Chiefs, finishing with a career-high seven solo tackles — second-most on the team — a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. In the fourth quarter, Sorensen forced the Colts’ Phillip Dorsett to fumble the ball 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage on a pass play; Dorsett came up with the loose ball. Sorensen now has a career-best 29 tackles on the season.


Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State: Had two carries for 9 yards and three receptions for 25 yards while playing 29 offensive snaps and 12 on special teams.


New Orleans

Paul Kruger, DE, Utah and Timpanogos High: Started at defensive end and had a solo tackle, a sack for minus-11 yards and a quarterback hurry while playing 40 defensive snaps and five on special teams. Kruger has 1.5 sacks on the year.


Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah and Copper Hills High: Had a tackle on 22 defensive snaps and one special teams snap.

Will Tukuafu, FB, East High: Played six offensive snaps and 10 special teams snaps.

Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Wagner set a career high with 15 tackles, including 11 solo, and added a quarterback hurry while starting at middle linebacker and playing all 76 defensive snaps for the Seahawks and five on special teams. He has 72 tackles on the season, tied for fifth in the NFL, and leads the league with an average of 10.3 tackles per game. That includes 52 tackles in the past four games for Seattle, an average of 13 per contest.



Keith McGill, DB, Utah: Had two special teams tackles on 22 special teams snaps.

Donald Penn, T, Utah State: Penn, the team’s starting left tackle who played all 94 offensive snaps for Oakland, made history Sunday. In the third quarter, he reported as tackle eligible on a first-and-goal play from the Tampa Bay 1. After blocking his man, Penn rolled to the right and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, marking the fourth time Penn has caught a touchdown in his NFL career. According to NFL Research, Penn’s four touchdowns is tied for the most by any player weighing 300-plus pounds in NFL history.

Sean Smith, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback and had a pass deflection while playing two defensive snaps before leaving with a shoulder injury.

On practice squad: James Cowser, LB/DE, Southern Utah and Davis High



Kapri Bibbs, RB, Snow College: Had two carries for 4 yards and a recovery of a Broncos fumble on eight offensive snaps and 17 special teams snaps.

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Booker started his first NFL game and had 19 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown to go along with five receptions for 30 yards. Booker helped Denver capitalize on a San Diego turnover early in the third quarter, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 17-7 lead. He lost a fumble on Denver’s next drive, which started inside the Chargers' red zone. The rookie back played 54 offensive snaps, 83 percent of the Broncos’ offensive plays.

On injured reserve: Sam Brenner, C, Utah

San Diego

Tenny Palepoi, DT, Utah, Snow College and Skyline High: Palepoi had two solo tackles and a quarterback hurry to go along with a fumble recovery. After Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian was sacked and fumbled at the San Diego 16 in the second quarter, Palepoi picked up the fumble to end the Broncos’ scoring threat. He played 30 defensive snaps and seven on special teams.



On injured reserve: Derrick Shelby, DE, Utah (on injured reserve, Oct. 18)

On practice squad: D.J. Tialavea, TE, Utah State and West Jordan High

Green Bay

Marwin Evans, S, Utah State: Played 14 special teams snaps.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State: Played 19 defensive snaps and 22 special teams snaps.



On practice squad: Anthony Denham, TE, Utah



Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played nine special teams snaps.

On practice squad: Paul Lasike, RB/FB, BYU


Matt Asiata, RB, Utah, Snow College and Hunter High: Started at running back and had 14 carries for a team-leading 42 yards as well as two receptions for 36 yards. He played 43 offensive snaps, 70 percent of the Bears’ offensive plays.

Comings and goings

On Tuesday, wide receiver Mitch Mathews (BYU) was released from the Browns' practice squad.

On Wednesday, fullback Will Tukuafu (East High) re-signed to the Seahawks’ 53-man active roster.

Total locals on rosters (as of Tuesday, Nov. 1): 62, 42 on active rosters, 10 on practice squads, nine on injured reserve and one on reserve/non-football injury list.

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