The Deseret News currently uses a coach-balloting process in selecting its annual prep football all-state teams.
Mailed out at the end of the regular season are all-state ballots, allowing coaches to vote for first- and second-team selections at 27 separate positions - 12 on offense, 12 on defense, and three on special teams.First- and second-team votes are then tabulated, with the highest point-getters at the respective positions earning the all-state honors. Point totals also determine second-team and honorable mention selections.
Included this year as part of the Deseret News All-State package are statistics and statements provided by the players' coaches.
The coach-ballot process allows each school equal representation. Coaches not only are aware players on their own teams but opposing players during preseason, region-season and postseason games. Coaches also notice additional players on other teams during scouting and film-watching.
All-state balloting participation percentages and the number of players receiving votes as follows:
4A - from the state's 28 4A schools, 20 ballots were returned (71 percent participation); 168 players receiving votes.
3A - from the state's 27 3A schools, 25 ballots were returned (93 percent participation); 183 players receiving votes.
2A - from the state's 18 2A schools, 16 ballots were returned (89 percent participation); 123 players receiving votes.
1A - from the state's 11 1A schools with prep football programs, 11 ballots were returned (100 percent participation); 99 players receiving votes.
The 1990 Deseret News MVP and first-team all-state selections will be honored at a Dec. 3 banquet at Salt Lake Community College, sponsored in part by the Utah High School Football Coaches Association.