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They might not be Heisman candidates themselves, but Star Lotulelei and Reggie Dunn were named All-Americans alongside Heisman finalists Johnny Manziel, Manti Te'o, and Collin Klein.
FOXSportsNext.com released its 2012 All-America Teams on Thursday, and Lotulelei and Dunn both made the cut. The Utes' defensive king, Lotulelei, made the first team, while the Utes' special teams superstar, Dunn, made the second team.
Lotulelei led Utah in tackles for loss with 10 for 32 yards. He was second in sacks behind Joe Kruger with five. Lotulelei also forced three fumbles and had 42 tackles. Lotulelei entered his senior season with high expectations, and he certainly delivered.
Dunn, meanwhile, earned second-team honors after his breakout senior year in which he set an NCAA record for most 100-yard kickoff returns in a season. He had four on the year, including two in one game against California. Dunn averaged 51.3 yards a kickoff return on 10 returns and had 513 kickoff return yards. He also had 74 receiving yards and rushed for 58 yards. This is Dunn's second All-American honor, as he was named to CBSsports.com's team earlier this week.
With their college careers now in the books, both Lotulelei and Dunn hope to take their talents to the NFL, starting with the league's draft in April.
Alex Rivera is the assistant sports editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh.