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Utah’s defense is historic, but tougher tests are coming, starting with Oregon in Pac-12 title game

Julian Blackmon's view of Utah's defense is better than anyone's. As the free safety, the last defender in the alignment, he can watch plays unfold from a unique perspective.

Blackmon likes what he sees, in a role he describes as “being able to watch greatness in front of me.”

He also makes his share of tackles, interceptions and pass breakups, as one of seven Ute defensive players who made the Pro Football Focus Pac-12 Team of the Year for their grades on every play. Blackmon and at least four defensive teammates will play in the Senior Bowl all-star game in Alabama, where Utah will be represented like no other school since the 1980s.