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Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 03:19PM

Some of you on Twitter noted that Utah’s media guide cover doesn’t exactly sizzle. The featured athletes are kicker Andy Phillips, defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei and offensive lineman J.J. Dielman — all the “sexy” positions, right?  Well, there’s a reason for …

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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Kendal Thompson (1), runs drills for the NFL scouts during the Uof U’s annual Pro Day, at the University of Utah, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Utah football: Former Utes Thompson, Whittingham sign with NFL teams
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