Coach: Mike Bowring is entering his 10th season at Juab with a 69-33 record. Prior to moving to Juab, Bowring was the head coach at Monticello for seven years and he won a state championship in 2001. Bowring is a graduate of San Juan High School.
(5 returning starters; Spread offense)
Dalton Harmon led Juab in rushing last year with 462 yards and seven TDs, and he’s back this year despite temporarily transferring to Maple Mountain High School. His experience gives Juab a nice rushing threat, and should help keep defenses honest instead of focusing entirely on stopping the pass. Brandon Smith is another player who will see some carries this year. Nick Robins takes over at QB for the Wasps, and he has a strong arm that will definitely lengthen the field. Juab’s top four receivers from a year ago graduated, but Brandon Morgan, Chance Carlton and Kyler Nielsen hope to step into those roles this season.
(3 returning starters)
Juab allowed nearly 30 ppg last season, which ranked in the bottom half of 3A and was a big reason it failed to make the playoffs. With only three returning starters, the coaching staff is counting on fresh faces to make the defense a strength. The secondary could end up being a strength. Dedric Davidson returns at defensive back after leading the team with six interceptions a year ago, including picking off two against Grantsville in Week 2. Morgan and Carlton were part-time contributors at the varsity level last year, but they’ll be counted on much more heavily this season. Harmon was one of Juab’s leading tacklers at linebacker last season, and even bigger things are expected of him in 2013.
Coaches preseason 3A South straw poll: Second
Deseret News 3A South prediction: Third
Bottom line: Juab’s string of making the playoffs eight straight years came to a disappointing end in 2012. Expect the Wasps to be back in the playoffs in 2013. Robins is a talented QB who will help the team be more productive offensively, and the defense should be better too. With three of five regions games at home this season, there’s no reason Juab should only win one region game . As for the playoffs, Juab is frequently mentioned by the rest of the coaches in the new 3A as one of the six or seven teams capable of winning a state championship.
Juab coaching history
2003-current — Mike Bowring (68-34)
1999-2002 — Will Biesinger (18-25)
1992-1998 — Paul Messersmith (48-26)
1991 — Alan Sperry (3-6)
1988-1990 — Raymond Nielsen (4-21)
1985-1987 — Fenton Broadhead (8-18)
1976-1984 — Lee Scott (35-54)
1971-1975 — unknown (24-25-2)
1967-1970 — Dennis Hansen (18-19)
1964-1966 — LeRoy Davis (1-23)
1962-1963 — Verl Shell (2-14)
1960-1961 — unknown (1-15-1)
1959 — Cary LaComb (3-4)
1957-1958 — unknown(4-11)
1956 — Marcus Garrett (2-6)
1955 — unknown (0-6)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2010 — Elias Brooks, LB
2008 — Jordan Bainter, OL/DL
2008 — Jameson Izatt, OL/DL
2008 — Cody Keisel, FB/LB
2008 — Chandler Street, RB/DB
2007 — Kade Brough, OL/DL
2007 — Jordan Jones, QB/DB
2006 — Tyler Davidson, WR/LB
2006 — Landon Nielson, WR/DB
2006 — Todd Watts, OL/LB
2005 — Shane Blackett, QB/DB
2005 — Kyle Callaway, OL/DL
2005 — Trent Stowell, OL/DL
2004 — Trevor Jones, RB
2004 — Matt Howard, RB
2004 — Kellen Nielson, WR
2004 — Jordan Guillory, OL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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