SMITHFIELD Sky View's J.D. Falslev doesn't do the team's laundry or paint the lines on its football field prior to home games.
Or does he?
Falslev seemingly fills every other role the Bobcats need from him. During his sophomore and junior seasons, Falslev returned punts and kicks, ran the ball, caught it, and punted it. He hasn't played defense, but that could be coming during his senior season.
So could cooking team dinners and producing the team's programs, if coach Craig Anhder lets him.
"It's been a joyride," Falslev said. "I'm trying to live my life in high school without any regrets. I'm playing three sports, hanging out with my friends all the time. I wouldn't trade it for anything."
It's highly doubtful the Bobcats would trade Falslev for any other player in the state. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound running back/returner is explosive and durable, and he'll most likely be one of the most productive players in the state this season.
And of course, he fills a variety of roles.
Falslev was named an all-state specialist following his sophomore year. He averaged 41.5 yards per kickoff return that season and had two touchdowns, including an electrifying score in a quarterfinal playoff game against East. He only caught seven passes that season, but two of the receptions went for touchdowns.
Last year is when Falslev really thrived in his multi-purpose role. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry while rushing for 774 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 28 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown. He continued to be a threat to score every time he returned a kick.
As a punter, he pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 10 different occasions.
Falslev doesn't mind being one of the most used players in the state. He just wants to help his team win. Therefore, he's more than happy to do what it takes to win.
"He has a lot of athletic ability, a lot of drive," Anhder said. "The greatest thing about J.D. is his competitiveness. He hits a certain competitive level that's pretty fun to be involved with. The great thing about him is he always has a team mentality. He wants to do what's best for the team. If the team can be successful, he wants to be a part of that."
Falslev, the Bobcats, and the rest of the Region 5, believe Sky View will have a successful season. Sky View, which was picked to take second in the league behind Mountain Crest by the region's coaches, returns a total of 13 starters. Falslev wants people to know that his teammates are as big or even more of a reason why the Bobcats are becoming a state-wide respected program.
"If these guys (pointing to teammates Riley Spackman, Brayden Compton, Tanner Christensen and Zach Saxton) weren't there on defense getting the ball back for us, I wouldn't have had anything last year," Falslev said. "I take all the credit away from me and give it to these guys. It takes all 11 guys, especially on special teams, to do anything."
Don't let his humility fool you, though. Falslev is the real deal, and not just on the football field. He has a 3.85 grade-point average and he scored a 24 on the ACT. He aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon, and gained some valuable experience in the field when he completed a short internship with Dr. Keith Nelson, the father of former Logan High standout Riley Nelson.
"I wanted to see what life would be like as an orthopedic (doctor)," Falslev said. "I thought it would be cool, and it solidified that's what I really want to do. It's a lot of school and it's a lot of time. But in the long run, I'd rather do something I love to do than be miserable all the time."Falslev has plenty of time to reach his career aspirations. Before then, he has the chance to lead Sky View to another state-title contending season. He'll also play college ball, as he's been offered preferred walk-on status by BYU. Falslev is honored by the offer the Cougars have made him, and he is still keeping his options open.
Region 5 projections
(Preseason rankings are based on coaches' votes)
1. MOUNTAIN CREST: The Mustangs have tirelessly worked in the weight room since they were humbled by Timpview in the semifinals last year. They'll be stronger, faster and more experienced than they were in 2007. Sophomore quarterback Alex Kuresa is back to direct the offense. He was thrown into the fire as a freshman last season and is ready to use that experience to his advantage. Ethen Lofthouse, one of the toughest kids in the state, will lead the team at running back and linebacker. Linemen Derek Pond and Colton Reeder will have to play well so that skill players like Hayden Snow, Mitch Jessop, Matt Stewart and Alex Knowles can excel. 2007 RECORD: 7-5. PLAYOFFS: Lost in the semifinals.
2. SKY VIEW: The Bobcats are back on the state football map after going 11-1 in league play the last two seasons. Sky View returns some quality players in multi-purpose threat J.D. Falslev and defensive leader Riley Spackman. The Bobcats have to replace three all-state players, but seem well-equipped to do so. Junior Kyler Carlson is back as the team's starting quarterback. He threw 18 touchdown passes last season. Also back are defensive back Brayden Compton, who intercepted three passes last season, and defensive end Eric Bernston, who recorded 72 tackles in 10 games last season. 2007 RECORD: 10-3. PLAYOFFS: Lost in semifinals.
3. BOUNTIFUL: The Braves return many of the players who helped the team reach the 4A quarterfinals last season. There are seven starters back on defense and six on offense. As usual, Bountiful will be led by a stout defense. Travis Parrish and Andrew Welling form a strong duo at outside linebacker, while big things are also expected from defensive end Cullen Clark, defensive lineman Thomas Hamilton and defensive back Joey Nelson. Three players are competing to start at quarterback. While that position has been unsettled, one certainty about the offense is that junior fullback Mitch Johnson will get plenty of carries. Offensive lineman Jarom Ioane is a monster at 6-foot-7, 335 pounds. 2007 RECORD: 9-3. PLAYOFFS: Lost in the quarterfinals.
4. BONNEVILLE: The Lakers built some strong momentum at the end of last year after winning three of their final four regular-season games, and by upsetting Highland in the first round of the playoffs. Their offense could be dynamic. Senior Todd Aubrey and junior Manaia Filiaga have competed to win the starting position. The winner will have some weapons to work with in tight end Austen Richards, fullback Tyson Jenkins and receivers Devin Mickles, Tyler Anderson and Justin Stofferahn. The Lakers have worked hard in the offseason, and have some exciting, though unproven, talent on their roster. 2007 RECORD: 5-6. PLAYOFFS: Lost in the quarterfinals.
5. BOX ELDER: The Bees are itching to redeem themselves after last year's disappointing season. Box Elder will be more seasoned in most positions, but not at quarterback. Pablo Mendoza, a former running back, is the team's new quarterback after the former starter decided not to play his senior season. Mendoza will be a threat in the team's veer offense, as will Carson Smith, the state champion powerlifter at 220 pounds. Skylar Limb and Josh Wanner lead what should be an improved offensive line. Tight end Blayde McClellan is the team's top blocker and receiver. The Bees feature a solid linebacking corps in Raul Puga, Brian Curtis and Blake Farr. Jeremy Galvin is a player to watch at cornerback. 2007 RECORD: 3-6. PLAYOFFS: Did not qualify
6. WOODS CROSS: The Wildcats may be a year away from contending, and mostly because of a tiny senior class. Second-year coach Fred Fernandes, who won three consecutive state titles at Northridge, is more than pleased with his sophomore and junior classes, and players in those grades will get plenty of opportunities to play varsity this season. Receiver Jake Cusick is a big-time threat at receiver, and he'll catch passes from his younger brother, David Cusick. The younger Cusick will have other weapons to work with in Chase Cappalucci and sophomore speedster Michael Clark. Lee Peterson will anchor the team's offensive line. 2007 RECORD: 3-6. PLAYOFFS: Did not qualify.7. ROY: The Royals hope to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive year, but they are the league's most inexperienced team. Just three starters receiver/defensive back Cameron Lamb and offensive linemen Trevor Nicotera and Skyler Buck return from last year's team that lost in the first round of the playoffs. Defensive end Garrett Curtis also is back after receiving significant playing time last year. Colton Kestle and Ben Lomond transfer Chase Moore are battling to become the team's starting quarterback. Either player would do well in running the offense. 2007 RECORD: 5-6. PLAYOFFS: Lost in the first round.
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