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Urban Meyer has done for the Utah football team, what Steve Spurrier did for Florida and Kirk Firentz is doing for Iowa. He has taken a football team struggling for attention and turned it into a nationally recognized program. Last season, the Utes became the highest ranked Utah football team ever (No. 4 AP, No. 5 Coaches, No. 6 BCS).
That success has garnered much national attention for it’s offense, and it’s premiere quarterback, Alex Smith. In addition, Meyer’s success has translated into a new job. Meyer agreed to terms with the University of Florida and left Mountain West Conference to try his hand in the SEC.
Smith has also benefited from the additional attention the team received by improving his skills over the years to become possibly the top pick in the draft. After leading the Utes to the Fiesta Bowl where they demolished an overmatched Pittsburgh Panthers team 35-7. Smith is competing with University of California product Aaron Rodgers to become the next quarterback chosen first overall in the April draft.
What many college fans may not be aware of is that the Utah defense deserves some of the credit for the team’s recent success as well. Holding Pitt to only 7 points in the Fiesta bowl wasn’t something Alex Smith did. It was the grunts like Sione Pouha, Marquess Ledbetter, and Jonathan Fanene.
Pouha, according to Scout Insider sources has been in contact with the Patriots and has a private workout arranged for the Superbocl Champions in the near future.
Why Pouha? As a 6-3, 330-pound defensive tackle, Pouha was able to eat up and clog the running lanes for the Utes. He is a high character athlete, serving as a team captain, and has even received an award for heroism having saved a woman from a burning building.
Pouha fits the profile the Patriots need for an inside force. Although they have drafted Vince Wilfork and Keith Traylor is expected to return, another body will be needed for the rotation. Traylor is entering his 14th season and will be 36 in September.
Belichick has always had an eye for defense, and Pouha would fit the mold well, high character, high potential, low cost.
More can be found on Pouha, in the recent Scout article: Prospect Profile - Sione Pouha
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