Though a little bit country, the 1995 Deseret News All-State Football Most Valuable Players proved capable of plenty of rock and roll. Representing squads from Plain City, Brigham City, Delta, Fillmore and Randolph, this year's Fab 5 rocked the competition and rolled their teams into state championship games.
Olin Hannum (Fremont), Marc Dunn (Box Elder), Rick Judd (Delta), Courtney Tuttle (Millard) and Charles Balch (Rich) headline a cast of more than 300 players earning first-team, second-team or honorable-mention recognition. All five classifications are represented, with honorees chosen by a vote of all 86 of the state's head coaches.5A - OLIN HANNUM, Fremont: No longer the "cowboy quarterback," Hannum is best described as a quarterback who happens to be a rodeo champion.
"The bigger the game, the better he was," said Fremont coach Blaine Monkres, "A perfect team leader - he never gives up, never quits."
Hannum, who also played linebacker, led the second-year Silver Wolves to the state finals by completing 236 passes for 2,784 yards and 21 touchdowns.
His postseason efforts captured rave reviews.
"He's amazing," Skyline coach Roger Dupaix said after his Eagles edged the Silver Wolves in overtime for the 5A crown. "Whether he's roping doggies or throwing left-handed."
Adds Utah Football Coaches Association president and Jordan coach Jim Birch: "You generally give the MVP to the winning team, but I've never seen a player deserve it more than Hannum."
4A - MARC DUNN, Box Elder: Not many option quarterbacks throw for 2,239 yards and complete more than 50 percent of their passes. Then again, not many signal callers are as versatile as Box Elder's king Bee. Dunn, a three-sport athlete, also rushed for 478 yards.
"I've been coaching 25 years and have never had a quarterback so talented in so many areas," says Box Elder coach Wes Roesler. "He fits the mold for any offense you want to run. He does whatever it takes to win."
Dunn, who led the Bees to their first state crown in 35 years, directed Box Elder's offense to the top of the charts in points scored and yardage. He was involved with 34 touchdowns - scoring 16 himself.
3A - RICK JUDD, Delta: Judd is the foundation of what Delta coach Dean Fowles calls his state championship team's MVP - the Rabbits' massive line corps. At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Judd was a force on both sides of the ball.
"He did everything for us - all over the field," says Fowles. "He plays with reckless abandon and goes hard every play."
A team captain, Judd led Delta in several defensive categories. He averaged eight tackles per game, recorded nine quarterback sacks and recovered four fumbles.
"When we needed something important we turned to Rick," says Fowles.
Judd, an honor student with a 3.9 GPA, added 50 pounds to his frame weightlifting during the offseason.
2A - COURTNEY TUTTLE, Millard: This high-flying Eagle would make the most of a day planner. Besides being involved in football, basketball and track, Tuttle is student body vice-president, sings in the school choir and is a member of the National Honor Society.
"He's does about everything," says Millard football coach Franklin Brammall, who said Tuttle set a goal to become state MVP. "He's the whole package."
Tuttle helped the Eagles capture the state championship by racking up more than 2,000 yards of total offense. The talented running back rushed for 1,648 yards.
1A - CHARLES BALCH, Rich: Aside from Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," praises are rarely sung about those in the trenches. Times, however, may be changing - as evidenced by this offensive center/defensive end's election as MVP.
"I think it's about time," says Rich coach Jerre Holmes. "Charles is a real key to our success."
The Rebels have won back-to-back state titles with Balch starting on both sides of the ball. He has been Rich's starting center for three years.
"He's very smart. Probably the smartest lineman I have ever coached," said Holmes. "We never had to worry."
Balch, an honors student, scored two touchdowns playing defense.