Quantcast
Sports

High school football: East's Ula Tolutau named 2013 Deseret News Mr. Football

Comments

Return To Article
  • Meadowlark116 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    @RobertC
    I hope you had the chance to catch the Minesotta game on Sunday. Hunter HS alumn and former Utah Ute Matt Asiata made his first NFL start in place of injured Adrian Peterson and scored 3 TD's.

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    @RobertC - I understand what you are saying a little bit. However, I think you are off a little bit. I don't think it has so much to do with being Polynesian as it has to do with being from Utah. Regardless of how good we think Utah high school football is...it still has a long way to go in regards to being on the national level.

    Most of Utah's football and basketball stars usually make it the college level (primarily by way of Utah, BYU or USU) but typically get lost at the college level and very few make it to the NFL level.

    Ula was a very big running back in high school. When he goes Wisconsin he will find that he is an average sized fullback.

    As Utah raises its level of football competitiveness...we will begin to see more high school players making an impact at the college level and then making the jump to the NFL.

  • wolvie23 Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    You forgot Adrian Peterson- Vikings. He's full Tongan but was adopted as a child ;) Your welcome

  • unknownguy provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Active Poly backs in the NFL:

    Stanley Havili - Colts
    Will Ta'ufo'ou - Jaguars
    Roy Helu - Redskins
    Frank 'the tank' Summers - Bills
    Kahlil Bell - Packers
    Matt Asiata - Vikings

    There are also ex Poly players who made an impact in the NFL:

    Chris Ma'afala - 6 yrs
    Mike Sellers - 13yrs, pro bowler
    Mosi Tatupu - 13 yrs, multiple pro bowls

  • Meadowlark116 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    @Oline
    Slight error about Havili, he actually played for Cottonwood HS.

  • mab93 Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    Everyone is bias towards the people they know. Nobody can argue that Tolutau earned the right to be one of the people the award could go to. They can only give it to one person. He was given the award. Get over it.

    As far as college and beyond, arguing about it here is irrelevant. If he finds a different position is a better fit, that's fine. If he ends up being one of the best running backs in the NFL, that's great. Wisconsin is his decision and hopefully included reasons besides football. There are plenty of talented players that stop for a variety of reasons.

    Congratulations Tolutau. You earned it. I wish you the best at Wisconsin and in the future.

  • Meadowlark116 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    @RobertC
    What does ethnicity have to do with anything? And for the record, active poly RBs in the NFL are Stanley Havili (Colts) and Roy Helu (Redskins). Retired RBs are Chris Ma'afala (Steelers,Jaguars) Fahu Tahi (Vikings) and Reno Mahe (Eagles). Respect is given where respect is due. I'm pretty sure there were many well qualified canidateds for this award, but by popular opinion Ula was the best football player in the state of Utah. Please don't belittle this young man's accomplishments with ingorant comments.

  • Oline salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    RobertC..
    Stanley Havili!! Colts...East Leopard..Glendale Raised
    Roy Helu Jr!! Redskins..Polynesian..specifically tongan!!

    Ula Tolutau is the best running back ive seen in utah..HANDS DOWN!!!
    Good work ula!! Rep it for the 801

  • T.O.G95 salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    RobertC!!!Stanley havili...Indianapolis Colts starter!! From the same neighbor hood, went to east for a little!!
    And Roy Helu Jr...Plays for the Redskins!!! There are a few poly running backs!! and ula is honestly one of the best running backs ive seen in utah, hands down!!!

  • wolvie23 Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    RobertC

    You ever heard of a kid named Stanley Havili? Played at USC, starter for the Indianapolis Colts?

  • inthebooth Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    RobertC - Stanley Havili is a running back in the NFL. "Out of site out of mind." ya, in your mind.

  • RobertC SLC, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    Name one Poly running back in the NFL. Nada.

    So so sad but kids that go out of state to college are sadly and quickly forgotten. of course their family knows them but the 8th graders today won't have a clue when they are seniors who he is. Out of sight, out of mind.

  • YA YA YA SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    @Wendall Hoop - Just like when BYU landed our All-American TE Austin Holt. Boy did he end up being a huge bust. Granted he did suffer a major knee injury, however hardly every caught a ball, got changed to DE, and now he no longer has a roster spot for next season. It's nice to see big time programs like Wisconsin and others pick up the big time players here in Utah. We have some great football here.

  • Wendall Hoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    @UtahHSFootball - I don't know if you are correct. I saw all the games as well. Ula is big, but not fast enough to an every down back in COLLEGE. It's a different game than small white defensive backs. He will likely play fullback. I guess we will see. Either way, good luck to him. I'm just trying to be realistic. Your rhetoric is similar to Brigham Young fans that speak of every big time high school kids they pick up, but then most of them are just average, if not peter out once they get on the field in college.

  • b-easy North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    If I'm a big time running back with outrageous numbers like Ula, why wouldn't I want to go to Wisconsin? Look at their history of running backs. All they do is pound you on the ground. That's pretty much a running back's dream..i.e. Montee Ball, John Clay, Ron Dayne, James White

  • Big U Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    @JohnsonR
    This may be true..... UNTIL they make it to the NFL then they skip the Utah sports radar and make it to the World Sports Radar

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    @RobertC

    Scott Nicholes is a very tough, scrappy and productive football player. He should definitely be considered the MVP of Binghams football team this year and the 5A MVP. But, he is nowhere near the player and athlete that Ula Tolutau is and statistically isn't even close. All the college scouts in America and anyone who saw both of these guys play all year would agree with me.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    It remains to be seen what he can do in college. High School to college is a major transition and are not comparable at all.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    what SoCalUte said.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 11, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    I agree with JohnsonR; it seems like it would be advantagous to stay home and play in front of friends and family.

    Whitt needs to land Schultz from Bingham; that would more than make up for this miss.

  • JohnsonR SLC, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Sad thing is when these kids sign out of state they just disappear from the Utah sports radar, never to be heard from again.
    No one cares about Wisconsin in Utah.

  • UtahHSFootball Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 12:16 a.m.

    @UgottaloveMaxie Are you kidding me? This kid is 240 lbs of a HIGH SPEED freight train, He put "fast and quick" safeties behind him every single game! I know, I was at every game, don't talk about what you don't know. Because several of the fastest player in the state can't keep up with this guy.

  • YA YA YA SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    Congratulations to this kid. What a season he had. As a Bingham alum I would have loved to see Nichols win this but Tolutau without a doubt earned this prestigious award. Champion or not, he was the player each team planned to stop each week and still dominated every game. Nearly 2,500 yards in 14 games is unheard of. Good luck to this kid at Wisconsin.

  • UgottaloveMaxie Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:06 p.m.

    @Jazzsmack - um...no they wouldn't. Utah has sent more D-Linemen to the NFL than Oregon. Heck, they've probably had more running backs than Wisconsin. Ula will do well but I don't expect much. I don't think he's fast enough. I don't blame him though. Big10 football is awesome. And Gary Anderson is a better coach than Whittingham. It is too bad though that Utah couldn't get him there. I don't think he's a game changer though. Sorry.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Dec. 10, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Congrats Ula, we're excited to have you here in Badger country.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Dec. 10, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Congrats to the kid on winning the award, and Best Wishes to do well at Madison - it's a great school and environment.

  • MountainMan25 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    "Looks like strike 3 for coach Whit. The past two seasons being the first two. Now you let a player like this get away to Wisconsin?!? The Utes are in great need of a great back and we can't get the one that is in the Utes back yard. Wisconsin is a good football school, But it's not like he's going to Alabama or Florida or Notre Dame or one of the schools that high school players dream of going. The Ute football program in the PAC 12 should be able to take good local players away from the Wisconsin's of the world any day of the week.
    Nothing will ever change if the Ute football program can't pick up local blue chip players that are being recruited by other quality programs."

    Exactly! With all of the "PAC 12 prestige," shouldn't we be pulling in local recruits with ease? I fear we may already be in permanent "doormat" status.

    The worst case scenario upon joining the PAC 12 was to watch BYU win 8-10 games/year, go bowling, while we go 4-7 every year...which is exactly what is happening.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Dec. 10, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    Looks like strike 3 for coach Whit. The past two seasons being the first two. Now you let a player like this get away to Wisconsin?!? The Utes are in great need of a great back and we can't get the one that is in the Utes back yard. Wisconsin is a good football school, But it's not like he's going to Alabama or Florida or Notre Dame or one of the schools that high school players dream of going. The Ute football program in the PAC 12 should be able to take good local players away from the Wisconsin's of the world any day of the week.
    Nothing will ever change if the Ute football program can't pick up local blue chip players that are being recruited by other quality programs.
    Go Utes!

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    @inthebooth

    The instate programs could be just as good if players like Tolutau, ngata, Te'o and others went to them instead.

  • Sportsman Salt Lake, Ut
    Dec. 10, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    Hey, waterboyy23:

    “Alligators are ornery because they got all dem teeth and no toothbrush. Wow. Mama’s wrong again.”

    Over on the left-hand side of the article it lists the previous winners of Mr. Football. Morgan Scalley, David Fiefia, Sausan Shakerin and Alex Kuresa were not champions in the years they were honored.

  • UgottaloveMaxie Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    @RobertC - does it even really matter? give me a break.

  • inthebooth Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    Because Wisconsin is better than all the programs in Utah...hello!

  • Brighton Alum Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    I am sure we all have our favorites for this award, but let's not take away from the tremendous accomplishments of this young man and spoil this honor for him with petty second guessing and snarky comments. Good job ULA on a great season and a well deserved award. Congratulations MR FOOTBALL!

  • #1 Champ Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    Ula had an amazing year. Game after game, Ula was spectacular. Very pleased with this selection.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Dec. 10, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    Just curious - why isn't this kid going to the local Independent school?

  • waterboyy23 Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    I thought you had to be a champion to be Mr. Football? Guess not

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 10, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    Just curious - why isn't his kid going to the local Pac-12 Proud school?

  • RobertC SLC, Utah
    Dec. 10, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    Ula is a good football player and a really nice young man but Scott Nicholes took his team on his back and willed his team to a state championship after his QB was knocked out. This is a big miss for DN.