The front seven features twelve different players with at least 20 game appearances including four guys with over 100+ career tackles in Chaz Walker, Matt Martinez, Derrick Shelby, and Brian Blechen. Behind those big four the Utes have 8 additional linebackers and defensive linemen with at least 20 career tackles. The depth is reDUNKulous allowing the Utes to substitute liberally with little dropoff amongst most backups in the front seven.
In the starting seven up front, Utah has tallied 49 tackles for loss in 2011. That's more TFL than Air Force, UAB, and Akron have accumulated as teams in 2011. The Utes have only allowed 65 first downs on the ground as opposed to 139 passing first downs. Tech may need to look towards the air in order to win this game based on Utah's impressive 2011 run defense.