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Monson: There’s big-time brotherly love on the Utes’ defense

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A sentiment they share is that there are few satisfactions in life quite like playing on the same line in the same defense at the same time, picking each other up when needed, celebrating together when warranted.

"We love spending time together, and we love playing together," Joe says. "It’s been a blessing. When we make a play, we chest-bump. Chest-bumping your brother after a big play is a cool thing. Our parents always say how proud they are of us. It’s been great."

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"If Joe or I make a big play, we’re extra excited out there," Dave says. "It’s fun to compete with him. We’re so family-oriented. Our family’s motto, which my mom came up with, is, ‘Where we go one, we go all.’ "

Nowhere has that been more evident than on the Ute defensive front.

Dave and Joe may not be identical, they may not have the same potential, the same abilities, the same dimensions, the same outlooks on everything, but they are the same blood. As Momma Kruger would have it, where they go one, they go together.

"It’s awesome," says Joe.

"It’s awesome," says Dave.

GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.

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