How the all-state football teams are picked

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  • justaroundthecorner DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 11:06 p.m.

    Great Job Deseret NEws! Best job at following the high school sports in the state.

  • Straight Forward>>> utah, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Your moniker suggests your the fan. And if its to "recognize individual achievement". The qb who led the state in yards and tds would have been on the DNews team. Are you sure you are posting comments on the right article? This is referencing the all-state process? Do you have a suggestion?

  • fender Washington, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 11:48 a.m.


    I am equally sure you are wrong. If you're the fan your moniker would suggest you would know. The kid is on the Trib's first team, so obviously the Trib pays less attention to the coaches' lobbying efforts and more attention to what college scouts and coaches have to say. The All State team isn't a team distinction; it's to recognize individual achievement.

  • Straight Forward>>> utah, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    The tribune turns out the most accurate team year after year. Here is one idea for the DNews. In my OPINION, dont let a coach vote for his own kids. The only problem is the good ole boy syndrome, where the coach calls his buddy (other coach) and tells him, "if you vote for my kid, I'll vote for yours". Last year a QB with the most yards and TD's was left off the DNews team, then was one of only two QB's selected for the Tribs team. How does this happen. Is the Tribs process that much different. DNews you guys do a great job covering HS sports in Utah! Figure out how to do the all-state team and give the kids the credit they deserve (Not saying the kids now dont deserve it) any ideas from the fans how to help out?????

  • saltsportsfan SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 3, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    fender-- Who is this outstanding offensive player you continue to talk about? I have watched lots of games this year, I am sure that Lone Peak, Bingham, Fremont, Logan and East and many other teams have better players. Some were fortunate to make the All-State 1st Team, but some did not. I am certain they are alot better than any of the Pine View players. It's not what you say you can is what you can actually do on the field that counts. Look at Pine View's Record. Not good.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Agree with Big Rod. DNEWS actually left a kid off the first team who is ESPN All Utah (best eleven offensive and defensive players regardless of classification), ESPN Top 150 Watch List (top 300 juniors in the country), ranked as top five lineman in the west by Rivals and recruited by virtually every major program in the country. I think a little more tweaking is in order.

  • slcftball Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Its a hard thing to do and tally. There are some kids that obviously got slighted in this process this year.

    I think the paper should use common sense and also see if a boy has been slighted, fix it. For example, in Colorado there was a Coach that had the philosophy to only nominate Seniors. His Jr RB led the State with over 1700 rushing yards and was clearly the best RB in the State-but since his name wasnt submitted by his Coach he was left off all post season honors. When asked about it, the Coach stated simply "he will have his chance his Senior Year". Just think if the Jordan QB played for such a Coach. Trust me, it happens here.

    Everyone knows who the best players are...use a mix of Coaches votes and media votes. Look at the stats, live performances and team performance to back you up. Like mentioned work at the Region level, then up. And if you notice a problem maybe fix it and at least put them on the second team or honorble mention.

  • Big Rod South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    The selection process will always be criticized, you will never make everybody happy. After reading the explanation article for the selection process it's not bad, but the results still seem like a popularity contest. Some of the selections could be sympathy votes too. The process should start from the region level and then go up to state. A player should have to be best of region before even being considered best of state. Somehow the selections should be more statewide and not focused on the 4 to 5 top teams that make the headlines every week.