Cardinals DT Leki Fotu Recovers Fumble During Week 17 Against Falcons

Jan 1, 2023, 2:09 PM
Matt Prater #5 celebrates with Leki Fotu #95 of the Arizona Cardinals after kicking a field goal in the second quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Utes and current Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Leki Fotu recovered a fumble during Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons hosted the Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

With 10:46 remaining in the first half, Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder lost the ball and Fotu recovered it at the Atlanta eight-yard line. It was Fotu’s first career fumble recovery.

Two plays later, Trey McBride punched the ball into the end zone for a four-yard Cardinals touchdown.

The score gave Arizona a 10-7 lead.

Arizona went on to lose the game on a field goal by Atlanta as time expired. The Falcons captured a 20-19 win.

Fotu finished the game with two total tackles, one solo tackle, and a fumble recovery. The former Utah standout entered the game with 28 total tackles and 11 solo tackles this season.

With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to a 4-12 record this season.

Arizona closes out its 2022 season on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 8. Kickoff time and television details are still to be determined.

About Leki Fotu

Before his professional career, Fotu was a standout player at Herriman High School and the University of Utah.

Fotu played for the Utes from 2016-19.

He finished his Utah career with 85 total tackles, 43 solo tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 45 games played.

RELATED: How Former Utah DT Leki Fotu Will Fit In With Arizona Cardinals

After his time at Utah, Fotu was selected by the Cardinals with the No. 114 overall pick during the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

During his three seasons in the NFL, Fotu has recorded 58 total tackles, 25 solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and three pass breakups.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Locals In the NFL

Jeremy Mauss

Unrivaled Bold, Stupid Predictions: Zach Wilson Done With Jets, NHL To Salt Lake

One of the big predictions is that former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson has played his last game for the New York Jets.
19 hours ago
Kyle Ireland

Instant Replay: Jamaal Williams, Penei Sewell Play Lions ‘Guess Who?’ Game

Local players and NFL teammates Jamaal Williams and Penei Sewell had fun playing against each other in a game of Detroit Lions "Guess Who?"
2 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Tyler Huntley Helps AFC Take Early Lead Over Fred Warner, NFC At Pro Bowl Games

Former Utah QB Tyler Huntley helped the AFC take an early lead over former BYU LB Fred Warner and the NFC at the Pro Bowl Games.
3 days ago
quarterback signs autographs at NFL Pro Bowl...
Jeremy Mauss

Putting Draft Picks On The Line Would Make Pro Bowl More Meaningful

Unrivaled has an idea to make the Pro Bowl a whole lot better.
4 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Updated: Utes Making Positive Impressions Early At The East-West Shrine Bowl

Tavion Thomas and Mohamoud Diabate are representing the Utes this week at the East-West Shrine Bowl and making some positive impressions.
4 days ago
Chandler Holt

Ravens QB Tyler Huntley Named To AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Former Utah Ute Tyler Huntley will participate in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. He was named to the team as an injury alternate.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Cardinals DT Leki Fotu Recovers Fumble During Week 17 Against Falcons