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Utah Utes DE Bradlee Anae named Pac-12 Defensive Player, Defensive Lineman of the Week

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Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) celebrates with the rest of the defensive line after stopping Arizona State on third down during the first half of an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Colter Peterson, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Bradlee Anae was at the center of the action as the Utah Utes defense almost completely shut down the Arizona State Sun Devils offense on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium, and on Monday he was recognized for his efforts.

Anae was named both the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Defensive Lineman of the Week following a game in which he finished with three sacks and a pass breakup as the then-13th-ranked Utes defeated the then-17th-ranked Sun Devils 21-3.

This marks the first time in his collegiate career that Anae has received Player of the Week honors.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Anae nearly doubled his season total in sacks on Saturday, as he now has seven, which is second in the Pac-12 and 14th nationally.