Deseret News' high school football MVPs 1997- 2014

Published: Monday, Dec. 16 2013 10:04 p.m. MST

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Ravell Call, Deseret News
The 1997 Deseret News All-State MVPs and Mr. Football pose for a photo during the Utah Football Coaches Association All-State Awards Ceremony. They are, left to right:

5A MVP, Skyline’s Josh Lyman
4A MVP, Timpview’s Ethan Ross
Mr. Football, Highland’s Morgan Scalley
3A MVP, Ben Lomond’s Emmett White
2A MVP, Grantsville’s Alan Mouritsen

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Surfers Paradise, AU

Congrats to these young men. Maybe it's just me but I thought I would hear more of these men from prior years at the college level by now. I only recognize a few of the names.

Herriman, UT

Is Mr. Football and the Divisional MVP's picked from the state championship teams or is that just a coincidence?

The reason I ask is that as I look at this years and past years selections...it looks like the MVPs and Mr. Football are the best player from the state championship team and not necessarily the best player in the state at that division.

A case in point would be the 2005 selection. Stanley Havili was the best running back, best player and most sought after athlete that year. He went on to be a 4 year letterwinner and star at USC and then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Riley Nelson had an astronomical season that year so I understand the Mr. Football selection. However, Brady Wootton getting the 4A MVP over Havili must be due to Mountain Crest winning the championship that year because both Havili and Wootton had similiar rushing yards, Havili had a little more receiving yards but Havili had 5 or 6 more TDs on the season. Havili was also ranked nationally at the running back position.

So is it fair to say that the MVP and Mr. Football come from the state champion teams?

red rocks
Saint George, UT

Big Ben

Most years the MVP and Mr. Football do come from the teams that make the Championship game. However in 2009 the Chynoweth kid from Park City won the 3-A MVP. Juan Diego and Hurricane played for the championship.

Fball Fanatic
Salem, UT, UT

Big Ben
I see your logic but look at this years 5A MVP Austin Kafentzis and 4A MVP Porter Gustin. Neither one made it to the State Championship game but earned the award for their classifications. However, the additional exposure of extra games through the play-offs certainly does help. With both Kafentzis and Gustin averaging 350-400 yards of total offense per game those extra two contests could mean an additional 800 yards to their bottom line stats and an additional 25 tackles for Gustin on defense (averaging 12.5 tackles per game).

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