Utah State looks for Ian Togiai to lead defensive line – Salt Lake Tribune

He once had a killer nickname, one that’s still used by some for him. And the second of four athletic boys from a West Valley City family, he’s also known as the quiet one.

“He takes quiet to another degree sometimes,” Utah State football coach Matt Wells said.

But Ian Togiai actually does have something to say as his senior year begins as a defensive end for the Aggies.

“Compared to last year, when we had all the seniors, we are coming out with a purpose,” Togiai said. “We know what we have to do to make up for last year.”

In Utah State’s three-win 2016 season, Togiai played in all 12 games and started for five. And that makes him the dean of experienced Aggies defensive linemen coming into this season.

None of the other defensive end candidates have made a start in their careers.“Besides our two nose guards, I’m the main one who has been playing,” Togai said.

“I’m not a vocal leader. But when I do say something, the boys — they follow me,” he added. “When things aren’t going good, when we’re not running to the ball. When we’re feeling …

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