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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Desert Morning News Utah Players to Watch

The list includes Polynesians

LYNN KATOA, LB, Cottonwood — Defensive guys rarely garner the same type of accolades as the offensive guys, but Katoa has the potential to change all that. He's the No. 1 recruit in the state for a reason. Katoa's big and fast, and college coaches around the country are clamoring to get him.

SAM LANGI, RB, Bingham — This senior no longer has to share carries with Doug Fiefia, and that's a scary thought. As a junior last year he rushed for 892 yards with a yards-per-carry average of 8.5. With another dominant offensive line in front of him, rushing for 2,000 yards should be a piece of cake.

KALAMA MOLISI, RB, Skyline — If Skyline's offensive line is as good as advertised, which one coach said is the best in a decade, how can Molisi, the hero of Skyline's 2005 championship run, not be a Mr. Football candidate? If given enough carries, there's no reason he shouldn't eclipse the 1,500-yard mark in the Eagles' run-dominated offense.

ADAM TIMO, RB, Snow Canyon — Considering that this junior's already verbally pledged himself to BYU, he's obviously talented. He's a dual threat out of the backfield with speed and power, and with Snow Canyon switching to a spread offense under new coach Rick Secrist, Timo could have a monster season.

Other notables

The following were Deseret Morning News all-state first-teamers as juniors in 2006.

5A — Derek Tuimauga, Bingham, OL

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