Two Utes announced for Combine

Two University of Utah football players have been named to the NFL Scouting Combine. The Combine, held February 21-27, is the first step in attracting the interest of NFL teams.

Defensive lineman Paul Soliai and defensive back Eric Weddle were both invited to the Combine which gives them an opportunity to work out in front of NFL scouts, coaches and general managers.

Players are put through various workouts, interviews and testing sessions for a chance to solidify their draft status.

Soliai played in 12 games this season and made 35 tackles, 3.5 for loss. He also had two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. For his career he played in 24 games for the Utes after transferring from Coffeyville CC.

Weddle was a do-everything All-American for the Utes. As a defensive back he led the team with seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He returned two of the interceptions for scores, as well as one fumble. He was fourth on the team in tackles with 64. He also scored on

A two-way threat, Weddle rushed for 203 yards on 44 carries, getting into the endzone five times.

Although Weddle lacks some of the NFL measurables that get displayed at the Combine, many draft experts like his on-field production, attitude and work ethic. Many feel that he is a first day selection in the draft.


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