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Yahoo Sports: Superlatives: The most overachieving players of 2011

The best (and worst) of the season. Today: The year's most pleasant surprises, individual edition.

  1. DT Star Lotulelei, Utah. Tongan native started just three games in 2010, his first season out of junior college, and was nowhere to be found on preseason award lists in the Pac-12. (Lotulelei's official bio at Utah was willing to go as far as describing him as "one of the best tackles on the team.") As a junior, though, he emerged as the anchor of the best run defense in the league, with a first-team all-conference nod and serious interest from the NFL to ...

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