Utah Sports Ruckus: Half-year sports awards

By Nate Gagon

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:35 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:15 p.m. MDT

BYU celebrates their win over Cal in the Varsity Cup rugby championship at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, May 3, 2014. BYU won 43-33.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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The first half of 2014 was an eventful time in Utah sports, even without college football games. It was a historic time for the Jazz, full of ups and downs both on the court and off. Several teams and players had tremendous performances throughout the state. There were reported violations at BYU and talk of impending doom for its athletic program. There were titles won, opportunities squandered, records broken, awards received, body parts lost and much more.

If this list misses any great performances or stories, or if a ranking is debatable, leave feedback in the comments. Based on reader feedback, there could be a Version 2.0 of the awards published.

Note: High school teams and coaches were not considered for most awards simply because of the sheer volume of programs in the state.

Here now, from the best teams and players to the craziest stories and biggest off-field winners and more, are the Utah Sports Ruckus 2014 half-year sports awards:

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