Lone Peak's Hansen named Deseret News' Mr. Football


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  • RobSing Minneapolis, MN
    Dec. 4, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    Utah > 2 year vacation/sales trip

  • Pic 6 St George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    He's to old for a mission. The cut off is 26 years old.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 3, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Outstanding football player! Well deserved. What a fun player to watch. Wish Hansen the best of luck in his career and life choices, whatever they may be. Unless someone on here is his mom or dad, keep quiet about judging him or what he should choose to do with his life. Just worry about yourself and where your life is heading.

    I am just glad he won't be around next year to run circles around the Miners.

  • LP Fan Alpine, UT
    Dec. 3, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Food for thought, Just going on a mission is not enough. There are hundreds of missionaries out there right now being ineffective, they should have waited. Oft times missionaries, particularly athletes, that go even a year later are more effective because they have some life experiences under their belt, they can relate to people and communicate on a more mature and natural level with those they are teaching. I am not saying that this is the case with all, but I do know a few kids that went later for one reason or another and are or were much better missionaries as a result of leaving a bit later, having the ability to draw on the experiences they had before leaving as teaching tools. My son is one of those that played a year of college ball and then went. I believe it was a great decision for both him and his ability to be an effective missionary, not saying he wouldn't have been great straight out of high school, because he would of, however I believe there are those he can reach now that he might not have been able to earlier. There is no wrong choice here.

  • shaun_ SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    Does it really matter what this kid does or doesn't do with the mission thing?

  • ExTBird Springville, US-UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    A LDS mission is not the end all, be all goal of every man. He does have his future to think about and getting the starting position as a university level quarterback is HUGE for him and his family. Even if Chase ends up not going on his mission that doesn't make him a bad person, or a bad Mormon. It means that he is looking to the future. There is no rule that says you HAVE to serve a mission. It is strongly encouraged, but to be disappointed in a kid you don't even know because he is making plans for HIS (not yours) future is just about as un-Christian as it gets.

    You sure can be judgey little things when it suits you. If I was this kid I wouldn't go on basic principal. You don't let the opinions of strangers get in the way of your dreams.

    Dec. 2, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    You should become a fan! And we won't judge you. Be a fan of both programs, I am

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Can we get this guy suited up in time for the bowl game? The sooner the better!

    If Whittingham and Chow decide to find a different position for Hansen, maybe someone needs to find a different position for them. This season is proof positive of what can happen when you haven't got a good QB waiting in the wings.

  • seabass Ogden, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Saw this kid play on TV! Congrats! He looks like an amazing athlete with his head in the right place with right values and such shown in his interviews! Good luck! If BYU was in PAC 12 I wish you were going there! Go Utes I guess I will have to become a fan!

    Dec. 2, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    @neimfrence and scott gavenman

    You say "the first thing the Utes do is entice him off of his life path because their QB situation is an absolute joke." Doesn't that come across to you as being a little arrogant?

    And you say "I really would like to know how he got away from BYU." BYU has little to offer outstanding athletes any more, LDS or non-LDS. Utah is in a major, high-profile conference, and an exceptional athlete will want to play at the best level, not against meaningless inferior competition like BYU's schedules.

    Anti-Utah fans, how can you be so critical of Chase Hansen's decision at this point? Where was your "righteous indignation" when Jake Heaps decided to forego a mission and play for two years now? And when Heaps decided to forego a mission altogether and get married, where were your disparaging comments toward a fellow LDS member? (How about Steve Young, Danny Ainge, etc.?)

    Yet, Hansen's decision to test the waters and see how he stacks up against PAC 12 quarterbacks is somehow wrong or makes him unworthy? Come on, please! Even for the most avid BYU fans, this is beyond ludicrous.

  • hsfootballfan SLC, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    The audacity of some people on this post astounds me. I am a faithful member of the LDS church, but I read some of these comments and can understand how people can be put off by some of the self righteousness that a few members display. "Ye without sin cast the first stone". And even that scripture is out of context because delaying a mission for a year is not a sin. Not going on a mission is not a sin. First of all, no where in the article does it say he is not going on a mission. Second of all, even if he does not go, why is it a big deal to any of you? Far too many times, these young people of the church have way too much judgement placed upon them for their decisions to serve or not to serve. The judgmental talk and gossip are the type of things that have no place in the church. From what I've seen and heard, Chase is an honorable young man who carries himself with a mature and humble demeanor. The type of person we would all love our daughters to marry. RM or not.

  • raisedaute Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:42 p.m.


    LOL you start your post with...

    "I would hope no one puts themselves in a position to "judge" this young man. However, that being said, this meeting took place on a Sunday. Inappropriate sabbath day activity in my book, but then Kyle Whittingham's U interview was on a Sunday so what can we say?"

    You are one of the most judgmental posters on this article. What gives you the right to put yourself into the position to judge.

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

  • 9er4life Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I say forget the mission if you have a chance to start at a BCS school. You can go on a mission when you're retired. Going on a mission will only hold you back.

  • Golfmanjeff SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    There's a few good reasons why Utah coaches agreed it was best for Chase to stay and compete for the starting QB job right now.
    1) Jordan Wynn gets injured too easily
    2) John Hays cant be our backup
    3) BYU recruits their heaviest during the 2 year mission(see riley nelson)

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    "To prepare himself for the next level, Hansen said he really focused throughout the year on what it takes to be a great team leader, which he admits is one of his greatest accomplishments this year."

    At 6-4/210, Hansen certainly has the size to be a strong, durable QB, but he'll have some strong competition from Ute-recruit 6-6/205 Travis Wilson. Perhaps it'd do him some good to spend a great deal of the offseason adding more muscle to that frame. Andew Luck is 6-4/235, and if Wynn could add 40-lbs to HIS frame prior to the start of HIS true-freshman season, Hansen should be able to pack on at least 20.

    Utah NEEDS a durable QB. Get ready Chase!

    GO UTES!!!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:22 p.m.


    It may interest you and others like you to know that Kyle Whittingham attends the Salt Lake Temple on a regular basis. I have a friend who works there. Also, Kyle passed his general authority interview for the job at BYU and was offered the job at BYU. How do you know exactly what happened last Sunday? Maybe the meeting took place after one the many LDS firesides for young people that Kyle does on Sundays. The judgemental people on this board is really pathetic.

  • Tami Herriman, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    I would hope no one puts themselves in a position to "judge" this young man. However, that being said, this meeting took place on a Sunday. Inappropriate sabbath day activity in my book, but then Kyle Whittingham's U interview was on a Sunday so what can we say?
    Secondly, "in the best interests of all parties for Hansen to compete for the starting job next fall instead of going on his LDS mission first." When is it in a young man's best interests to put off a mission? Asking for trouble there, if you ask me. If any LDS parent needs a reason BYU is a better place for your child than the U, you have it. I can't imagine under any circumstances BYU advising a young man to put off his mission for football.

  • MESOUTE Wandering, Earth
    Dec. 2, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    First off, congratulations to this kid for an outstanding season and for showing week in and week out that he was the most dynamic football player in the high school ranks. Great accomplishment.

    Now, it is so very shameful that there are people commenting on this kid's apparent plans to enroll at school and compete for playing time instead of going on a mission. Wow, until you walk a mile in his or anybody's shoes, you do not have the right to judge his decisions. This is so very sad, knowing that a lot of people would assume to know what is best for a kid that they have never met, be he a highly touted football player or just another kid from the neighborhood. Truly shameful comments.

    Congratulations young man!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 2, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Travis Wilson will also be here for spring ball fighting for the job.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 2, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    I don't see where Oregon's offered him, and he would NEVER fit into their system....LOL.

  • footballfan6262 SANDY, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    That is great to hear that Chase is coming to Utah early. congrats and I look forward to seeing you in Utah Red.

    Also I am now wondering if this means that The Utes have lost Travis Wilson. Is this change of plans by Chow a sign that Oregon was able to pay err sway him away.

  • football1234 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    He is the best high school player I have seen in Utah.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    @ xert:

    LOL! If my comment bothered you that much, please stay away from the salt lake tribune website. You would cry like a baby reading those comments!

    Chase is a stud and will be tons of fun to watch at the U. I happen to believe his priorities are slightly mixed up as evidenced by his decision last Sunday. Yes, he may still serve a mission but probably won't if wins the starting job.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 9:29 a.m.


    You stated: "Manti Teo, Chase Hansen, and Stanley Havili all said that they had decided to serve missions. Havili and Teo decided against it with the persuasion of their coaches. Not sure what Hansen will do. I think he's just postponing it."

    Are you suggesting that they are all flip floppers? If so. they better not ever run for President.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Scotty Gaveupman,

    Jake is not lighting up anything anytime soon, unless it's his tree he has in his house for the holidays, or the stuff he highlights on the clipboard for Riley. As long as Riley is healthy, and Bronco is the coach, he will be the starter. Plus, it wont be the next few years if he does play, he only has 2 years of eligablity left. He may redshirt, and trasnfer, which means he will be somewhere 3 years from now. Jake is far from a good QB to light up teams. Wait, he did light up New Mexico St. Chase Hansen's high school team could have even done that, so Heaps didn't prove anything there. Personally, I hope that Jake stays. That way the Y wont have wins against the better teams in college football until a new QB takes the field. Maybe Tanner Mangum or something. But to say no mission equals no commitment is a total joke.

  • Utahvalley49 American fork, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Chase is a talented, accomplished young man. This is an article about that. Don't come on a public forum, & judge him, without knowing anything about his personal life, for the whole world to see. That is a worse sin than any sin Chase is committing. I am LDS & I know missions can be a great thing for a kid but I've also seen them hurt kids when they go on them unprepared, pressure, & mentally not ready. It is a personal decision, not best for every single person. God creates things perfect & then the people start judging, gossiping, and can really damage people. No wonder our county has the highest use of anti-depressants in the nation.

  • TizTheSeason Lehi, Utah
    Dec. 2, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Thanks for your post and toch of clarification. I have always thought Chase would be a very solid humble example. As I followed him throughout the year, he proved me right. He never was a "me,me,me "kind of player.
    Congrats to him, he earned it in many ways.
    To Jacobsdad and grizzstate...This is Hansen's article, no comparison. Enjoy Nelson's flowing locks and his well deserved 4A MVP

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Wow, Utah State fans are getting in on this. It's typical for us byu fans to get nuts about stats but when USU fans start doing it, the tide has turned. Aggies have assimilated to us byu fans.

  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    I have no idea what Chase will do as far as a mission goes. My policy on missions is that I do not judge someone one way or another. However, I have a LOT more respect for those who do what the prophet says, regardless. Those I admire are Britton Johnsen, Alex Jensen, Jackson Emery, Tyler Hawes, Josh Sharp (even though he transferred from my Utes :( etc.)

    The "sports is his mission" notion is a fraud and a slap in the face to those who actually get out and serve. The only time this has "bothered" me is when I see people in my ward who have ostracized someone who did not go on a mission in the past, turn around say that Jimmer shouldn't be judged and he is doing far more than a regular missionary could. thats so wrong it hurts my head.

    At any rate, the Utes need QB help. A competent QB would have led us to at least 10 wins this year.

  • ucbballfan Midway, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    I'm a BYU fan, but I'm also close to Chase.

    Those of you making comments about him choosing not to serve a mission are way off base. Never once in the article did it state that he won't be going. Chase will serve a mission, just not this fall. Ian Dulan and many, many others have played a year and then left on their missions, Chase plans to do the same.

    For the Ute fans excited about Chase choosing football over a mission, just simply isn't true, and honestly kind of sad that you would feel that way.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 7:22 a.m.

    What a great opportunity to be mentored by Norm Chow! You couldn't have made a better choice to develop your quarterback skills.

  • StocksOnTheRocks Lehi, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:49 a.m.

    Whatever Chase decides to do, is his decision, so be it.judge ye not.
    no pressure, no hype, Best of luck Chase in all you do.
    amen to that

  • StocksOnTheRocks Lehi, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    Singer Donny Osmond didn't serve a two-year mission, nor did Danny Ainge. Neither did several of BYU's greatest quarterbacks, including Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson and Steve Young. None of these men has suffered a loss of status within the church for skipping a mission.

  • ironrod Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    @Jacobs Dad & grizzstate

    Go and praise DJ on the 4A All State article, where he was the 4A MVP.
    This is about Chase, who earned the Utah Mr Football and the Utah Gatorade Player of the Year awards.

    As stated well by unbiased, the numbers aren't even close.

  • RTURN598 south jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    wow serious? why is everyone talking about how this kid should be going on a mission? yes it is kinda sad if doesnt end up going because of all the people he could influence. But who are we to talk??? how about everyone just mind their own buisness. if he goes great for the church. if he doesnt great for utah (supposedly) whatever decision he makes it is NO ONES place to judge or critcize. well just one person and im pretty sure hes not any of you ; )

    Dec. 1, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    Hilarious judgmental comments from the BYU fans. This guy looks to be the real deal. His arm looks a little under powered, but it can't be any worse then Wynn's arm. Now we need another couple of good QB recruits just like him. I was glad to read this story, I'm finally starting to recover from the heart breaker against the Buffs.

  • swah10 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    Chase is what every father would want his son to be: A righteous YM, a wonderful son and brother, a gifted athlete who will also be the starting center on the LP BB team and a great student. A YM man who is soft and caring off the field, but a warrior on the field as well as the BB court. I'm not a Utah fan but I wonder how anyone can sit back and criticize him and his family for a decision that seems to make sense for now. Judge not that ye be not judged. Good luck Chase. Now transfer all you gifts and talents to the BB court and help lead LP to a 2nd straight 5A basketball championship.

  • Unbiased AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 11:11 p.m.


    Hansen's situation was similar - In many of his games he didn't see any fourth quarter action - But my point wasn't about how many quarters they played; it was their total carries/attempts, and Nelson's were much higher.

    I hope I don't sound like I'm putting Nelson down, I think he's incredible. If Hansen's Mr. Football then Nelson is 5A MVP-Or at least first team all-state quarterback, anything less than that would be a travesty.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 1, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Speaking of missions and what the prophet said, I believe his EXACT words were

    "Every worthy, able young man should PREPARE to serve a mission"

    it's a little different than:

    "Every worthy, able young man should ... serve a mission"

    My personal feeling is that there may be circumstances where it may be better for a young man to stay. David Archuleta and Donnie Osmond come to mind. That being said, I suspect these cases are few and far between.

    Let's let this decision be between himself and the Lord!

    On a side note, I was an athlete who didn't go on a mission and wish I had. My athletics didn't work out, but I really believe looking back that I would have been better off as an athlete beginning intercollegiate competition at 21. Riley Nelson is a great example. I think his maturity and leadership is why he eventually put Jake Heaps on the bench. I don't want to judge Jake from a spiritual position, but from an athletic stand point, he may have benefited from a mission. I wish him success either way.

    BYU is my team, but LDS kids can represent their faith playing for any university!

  • grizzstate LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    @unbiased good numbers but remember DJ played in the first half only for 4 games and then came out after the 3rd quarter in the other games. When he stayed in the 4th quarter opponents (for most teams) would cry foul about running up the score.

    Hansen and Nelson played great and they both deserve recognition not sure why the couldn't share it. Yes i am biased and admit it.

  • parrothead orem, ut
    Dec. 1, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    Good luck Chase in whatever life brings you. Remember that one of God's greatest gifts is that of freewill.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 1, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Congrats kid, good luck competing for a PAC-12 QB spot in a few months!

    Go UTES!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    CT98--one of the most judgmental posts I've ever read. You seem to know everything that's going on in this kids mind and understand his situation perfectly. It's your kind of second guessing judgment that keeps many young people from embracing religion. Believe me--I'm a teacher and the kind of people who make them wonder if they belong, write posts like yours.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:10 p.m.


    "Chase is a great football player but his stock just dropped a little for me because he is placing a sport ahead of more important life priorities.

    The All-Mighty Dollar rules again.....over the all-mighty."

    All I can say is WOW! The way I translate your comment is: "Chase is a great football player but his stock just dropped a little for me because he didn't go to BYU."

    Did it ever occur to you that someone might have a testimony that is in its infancy? Did it ever occur to you that not every LDS athlete is ready for a mission? Did it bother you that Jimmer and Steve Young and countless others didn't go?

  • Jamal St George, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    How old is this kid?

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    A lot of School in Provo fans on here are wrongly standing in judgement.

    Why do you not judge Steve Young, Jake Heaps, Jimmer, or LaVell Edwards for not going on a mission as a young man? The legendary coach did not serve a mission until after he retired from football.

    Ye only judge those who wear red...which is wrong.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 1, 2011 7:19 p.m.


    It is sometimes referred to as the "Riley Nelson" Rule because of the timing of it coming down and the transfer of Nelson to BYU.

    Basically, when a player signs his letter of intent, it is binding for 18 months. So, a player could sign his letter, play or not play a year, go on his mission, and comeback and transfer to another school without penalty because it was past the 18 months (so his LOI wasn't binding) or he had already sat out 2 years so he didn't lose any eligibility.

    Now, if a player enrolls at the school, he can't transfer after a mission without penalty, and if it is within conference he would lose 2 years of eligibility. So the key is getting a mission kid to at least enroll, diminishing the chances of a transfer.

    I actually think it is a good rule.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Was this an Ensign article titled "Should I go on a mission"? All the talk about missions seems irrelevant here.

    The comparisons between BYU quarterbacks and Chase Hansen are also irrelevant. Has everyone forgotten the Utah / BYU rivalry ends next year? Utah added Utah State to the 2014 schedule NOT BYU.

    While it would be great, we will not see a Hansen/Heaps or Hansen/Nelson game. There is no way Chow plays a freshman in that game next year.

    I wish Chase Hansen the best. He appears to be a great young man. I hope the hype does not damage his chances.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Picking Utah: good decision
    Picking Utah football over mission: even better decision

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Man, a lot of assuming going on here re Chase's mission. Nowhere did the article state that he is not going on a mission. It just said that he is not going this fall. As a Ute-loving returned missionary, I hope that Chase chooses to serve a mission. The "athletic mission" notion is a fraud, no matter what school the athlete plays for. If he ultimately chooses not to serve at all, I will be disappointed in him, but will still wish the best for him. I would not trade my mission experience for anything. Changed my life and will do the same to anyone who goes in the right spirit.
    On another note, as for why he would skip over BYU and come to the U, that question can only be raised in the mind of one who cannot see outside of the BYU bubble. There are so many great schools, especially Utah, where an LDS athlete can thrive. Also, for me, a simple comparison of the two head coaches would make playing at the U a no brainer. There is a reason the Y wanted Coach Whit just as much as the U did.

  • seen enough Logan, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    The real Mr. Football is an AGGIE!!! Great year for both DJ Nelson and Chase Hansen. Look forward to watching Dj tear it up at USU after his mission.

    Chase Hansen- total pass yds: 3066, Rush yds: 1404, Rush TD: 16, TD pass: 38, Int: 9
    DJ Nelson- total pass yds: 3489, Rush yds: 1605, Rush TD: 25, TD Pass: 49, Int: 7

  • firaman761 SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Let it go people and let him live and lead his own life.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    i've always felt that people calling athletics a "mission" was a slap in the face to all of the young (and old) men and women who put their lives on hold to serve.

    that being said, let this situation play itself out. lots of kids enroll at school, put in a season, then leave. riley put in a season at utah state before he left and so did mckay jacobson. they both turned out fine. austin collie is in the nfl. dallin rogers came in, played, left and missed the sugar bowl, and now he's back. there's tons of athletes that put in a year and then leave. let's not all jump to conclusions.

    and if things work out for chase in football and he has a chance to be a permanent fixture at the U then he shouldn't be discouraged from maximizing his opportunities.

    i believe a mission can be good for anyone, but i don't believe it's something that should be entered into lightly. chase should do what's best for chase. if he doesn't go, great. he'll be a good player. if he does go, great he'll be a good player in two years.

  • Unbiased AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    @Jacobs Dad

    If you look at more than just the total yardage of both QBs you'll see that Nelson didn't necessarily have better numbers; you have to consider carries/attempts as well.

    Nelson: 264 Carries - 6.08 Yards/Carry
    Hansen: 180 Carries - 7.80 Yards/Carry

    That's 84 more carries for Nelson - So assuming Hansen continued his 7.80 yds/carry average. He would have had 655 more yards with Nelsons carries.

    Nelson: 427 Attempts - 13.07 Yards/Completion
    Hansen: 319 Attempts - 16.05 Yards/Completion

    That's 108 more attempts - Again, assuming Hansen maintained his average of 16.05 Yds/Comp. He would have had 1733 more yards.

    The final stats if they had equal carries/attempts would drastically favor Hansen - So no, Nelson did not have better numbers; he just had more carries/attempts.

    I'm not putting Nelson down in the slightest, he's incredible, and I agree that he was fun to watch; I'm just pointing out why the numbers may have been deceiving.

  • Trevvor Sandy, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    @game for any fuss.

    Don't forget heisman Harvey Langi.

    And let's at least be correct when trying to throw out facts ok?

    Yes, Max came home early. But he went. I'm not saying going and leaving soon after is much better than not going. I'm simply pointing out you are wrong there. No doubt you were one of the many Utes who have never gone after Jimmer or Jake for not going right? Surely you would never be so self righteous and hypocritical. Never.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    @ Game For Any Fuss
    In the interest of accuracy, Max Hall did serve a mission.

    It is not for me (or anyone else on here) to render judgment on a kid's decision to go or when to go on a mission. Come on you guys, judgmental piety is not very becoming.

    I like this kids style of play. I think he stands a good chance at winning the starting role his freshman year.

    This kid is strikingly similar to the Stanford transfer to BYU and recent RM Taysom Hill, phenomenal athlete, who put up gaudy numbers in high school. At 6'3", 220 lbs, 4.5s speed, extremely accurate and long arm, duel threat, he was clearly a man among boys on the field. Best high school football player I have ever seen.

  • truthserum LEHI, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    @scott gavenman: please tell me that comment was not serious....

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:42 p.m.


    It is not a different season. President Kimball was the one who first stated that every young man should serve a mission. I lived through those times. Steve Young and others chose not to serve which is fine. It was their decision. Dale Murphy was a convert. I hope Chase serves too, but let's take off our judicial robes and let him worry about it.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    "So what did Gordon B Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson mean when they said "Every worthy and able young man should serve a full-time mission"???
    BTW...This is not the era of Steve Young or Dale Murphy."

    Quite right...this isn't the era of Steve Young or Dale Murphy. So go ask Jake Heaps why he didn't serve.

  • Jacob's Dad LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    He seems like a great player and a tremendous individual, and I don't want to take anything away from him. He will be successful at the next level, but I would like to know how the voting went and who comes up with the final vote. What about DJ Nelson from Logan? Was he considered? Weren't his numbers better? Does it come down to a 5A player vs a 4A player or a Ute recruit vs an Aggie recruit? I know one has to be named and they are both well qualified. This isn't even sour grapes or anything. Just wondering how the voting went, how DJ finished, and what the process really is. Hats off and thanks to the Deseret News for loving DJ all season long. He was a joy to watch all season long and will be a joy to watch for years to come as an Aggie and as a quarterback. Did they or do they ever consider co-Mr footballs? Or is that too much like everyone needing to win and wear a gold star? Great season Chase! Great season DJ!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Did the rule change about transferring to a different school after being on a mission for two years? I thought there was no loss of eligibility if a player was out of school for more than a year then decided to transfer to a different school.

    Looks like Utah is gaining a great student-athlete no matter the position he plays. He should be very capable of starting at QB before next season ends.

  • TizTheSeason Lehi, Utah
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    So what did Gordon B Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson mean when they said "Every worthy and able young man should serve a full-time mission"???
    BTW...This is not the era of Steve Young or Dale Murphy.

    All that said, Hansen is a great young man with a lot to offer even outside of FB. I hope he maintains his long-term priorities.

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Smart move by Chase. He's put himself in a good position to compete for the starting job next year.

    If it doesn't work out, he can always submit his papers for a mission then.

  • scott gavenman SANDY, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    no mission = no commitment. Sad day for the kid. Utah will ruin this guy, and we will have Jake for the next few years to light it up.

  • just fyi American Fork, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    As a friend of Chase's I know that he still plans on serving a mission, just a year later than expected. And BYU and Utah both recruited chase at LB his sophmore year, and just recently Utah changed his scholarship listed position from LB to just Athlete. That way he could have played potetially both positions, but it seems they favor him at QB, best of luck to you Chase!

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Steve Young was told that his mission was football. The same could be expected of all LDS kids thrust into a National spotlight. I seriously doubt that a coach who arranged special institute sessions for players would discourage anyone from following their heart. Every young man is unique, has a unique mission in life. Some serve formal missions at 19, others later (Dale Murphy as Mission President) That's what makes the Church great, individuals making individual decisions according to their own conscience. Pretty cool religion if you ask me.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:14 p.m.


    I think you need to get off your "jump to a conclusion" mat. I'm assuming you're talking about Chase's decision to delay going on a mission in order to compete for the starting job.

    First of all, that's a very personal decision, and one that doesn't need to be scrutinized by you or anyone else.

    Second. He also didn't say he wouldn't go on a mission.

    Third. It is a protection for Utah for him to enroll. Once he does, he would lose a year of eligibility if he transferred after his mission.

    Everything I've read about him is that he is planning on going on a mission. The most likely scenario is that he comes in, competes, probably doesn't get the starting job, and goes on his mission after a year.

    However it turns out, I hope he doesn't base any decision on your's or anyone else's judging comments.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    For argument's sake, let's make clean comparisons: Jimmer, Heaps, and a few other LDS athletes like Steve Young and many others that went to schools other than BYU made it clear from the get-go that they weren't going to serve a mission. These are "Apples".

    The "Oranges": Manti Teo, Chase Hansen, and Stanley Havili all said that they had decided to serve missions. Havili and Teo decided against it with the persuasion of their coaches. Not sure what Hansen will do. I think he's just postponing it. Anyone know?

  • neimfrence layton, ut
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    @ BlueNtheFace,

    Thank you for clearing that up for me.


    You are correct, it is their choice. I am only commenting on the fact that Hansen is suddenly reversing previously stated intentions. Heaps never professed to be planning a mission; Hansen was very outspoken about it. Besides, as Ute homers are quick to point out, Heaps example proves my point - a couple more years of maturity would have served him well.

  • Trevvor Sandy, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:00 p.m.

    He will be a big asset for the utes. I wonder if he'll get criticized by lds utes like heaps if he decides not to go on a mission. Nah, they'll probably keep telling themselves mormon utes don't really represent the church. Hopefully he decides to serve.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    BYU recruited him as a LB, not a QB. Admittedly, he hadn't developed the QB skills as well at that time in the recruiting period.

    What I'm not sure about, and it's probably none of my business, is if he still plans on serving a mission or not. Alot of the PAC-12 OCs and HCs discourage LDS players from serving missions because of what it does to their roster and to the actual players. Could KWhitt and Chow be doing this as well?? I know Chow isn't used to using LDS QBs... Anyone? TIA

    Good luck, Hansen.

  • truthserum LEHI, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    @neimfrence: "And, of course, the first thing the Utes do is entice him off his life path because their QB situation is an absolute joke."

    Wow. Pretty tough judgment Neimfrence. Jake Heaps - not a returned missionary BTW. Everyone has their choices. Let's let people make their own choices and withold judgment. Not our place to judge others' decisions. Never has been, never will be.

    Good luck Chase!

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Another highly-touted LDS high school quarterback decided not to go on a mission in favor of playing D-1 football.

    His name is Jake Heaps. Oh, and don't forget Jimmer...and Max Hall.

    Why the hypocrisy, Cougar fans?

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    @CT98 and neimfrence:

    First, BYU (among several other schools) recruited Chase heavily. Utah won, and not because others didn't try their best to get him.

    Second, when Jake Heaps, Jimmer, and other notable BYU athletes forgo missions it's fine, but when a Utah recruit does, the "Utes entice him off of his life path?"


  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    congrats to Chase on a great senior season, he proved not only that he was a great player but a great leader. Having watched scout film for three years on him he always won and lost with class and deserves the accolades he's getting.

  • neimfrence layton, ut
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    I'm sure the Utes are excited to have him. They finally got a decent local QB - first since Scott Mitchell, isn't it?

    How does a kid from Lone Peak pass on BYU? Was he afraid of the incoming BYU QB recruits? Did Mangum scare him away? Or did BYU not recruit him?

    And, of course, the first thing the Utes do is entice him off of his life path because their QB situation is an absolute joke.

    I really would like to know how he got away from BYU. I expect to get the usual BYU-hating responses, but I really would like to hear the true recruiting story for this kid.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Our little brothers got a good recruit! I think he'll go on to have a very successful career at Utah.

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Congratulations, Chase! We're excited to have you at the University of Utah. As a fan, I look forward to watching you in action soon.

    Work hard and get strong. We need you!

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Chase is a great football player but his stock just dropped a little for me because he is placing a sport ahead of more important life priorities.

    The All-Mighty Dollar rules again.....over the all-mighty.

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    Dec. 1, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    Congratulations to Chase! Because I don't live in Utah, I was only able to see one game (Lone Peak vs. Bingham) and I really enjoyed watching that game. Chase seemed to be at a different level than the rest of the kids on the field.

    I can't wait to see what he can do in a Utah uniform!

  • aljmac Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    Congrats, and welcome to the Utes, Chase.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 1, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    I don't think he has to worry. BYU has proven that it is not necessary for a player to be able to throw the ball or keep his cool to play quarterback. What's a few fumbles and interceptions if the head coach likes you. Winning does not matter so we'll just play the guy we like.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 2:38 p.m.


    We are excited to have you. You can see that we are in desperate need of a good quarterback.