Deseret News Sports Podcast: Handing out our own 'State of Sports' awards

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  • Mountain Man 15 Payson, UT
    April 22, 2015 12:12 p.m.

    @ Utah Sports Fan


  • Utah Sports Fan Salt lake, UT
    April 22, 2015 11:53 a.m.

    @ Payson
    For those that follow sports in Utah the answer to your question is simple.....NEVER! Haloti is the closest athlete to come out of Utah having received comparable national recognition and awards. With athletes specializing more and more now days it may be decades before the next Gustin emerges from the convoluted world of prep sports. In fact, it is becoming more and more rare to see even two sport stars like Robbie Reid capable of excelling at multiple collegiate and professional sports. Gustin's SPARQ score exceeding 130 may stand forever. Seeing that Masina qualified for The Opening with a score of 98.79 and no other in state athlete on record has even breached the 115 mark.
    In conclusion, if Gustin was a Utah native, Polynesian or BYU commit a parade would be held to honor these accomplishments. Because he is neither he will continue to be ignored, down played and even ridiculed on media outlets such as the Cougar Board. A very sad situation indeed. Fortunately, it does not seem to bother him at all. Good luck at USC. Fight On!

  • Payson Pride Payson, UT
    April 22, 2015 10:28 a.m.

    I also agree with Carter and Sports Fan. I have had a front row seat in observing the ostracization of this athlete. It really has been a sad and unfortunate situation. When was the last time a Utah athlete (in any sport) received five national All-American honors, represented the state as a finalist in two national Player of the Year awards (Army All American and Gatorade), received two prestigious national defensive MVP awards, obtained 35 D1 scholarships to play five different positions in college, crushed the state SPARQ testing record that measures athletic ability, and could play four different sports at the next level? When was the last time we had a prep athlete ranked among the top six in the NATION at three different positions? I repeat, three different national positions. #1 inside backer (Rivals), #4 outside backer (247 Sports) and #6 DE ( He was also the third ranked QB in the state averaging 314 yards of offense per game. Just 6 yards per game behind covey. He ran, threw or caught 35 TD's on offense then dominated on the defensive side with no rest. And yet was not even nominated as a candidate. Very disappointing to say the least.

  • Utah Sports Fan Salt lake, UT
    April 21, 2015 4:40 p.m.

    I agree with Carter Williams. The winner should be Porter Gustin hands down! Especially if the criteria set forth by the committee is solely based on "accomplishments in 2014".
    How do you not even nominate the states only Ist Team Parade All American, 1st Team Max Preps All American and 1st Team Scout All American? Not to mention USA Today All-American and Army All-American. Those five awards alone should have locked him in for this award. This state has not seen a decorated athlete like him since Haloti Ngata in 2001 who also received multiple 1st Team All American awards. Now entering his 10th year in the NFL. Both Haloti and Gustin were also ranked #1 in the nation at their position. Other great athletes like Haws, Emery, Mika, Jesse Wade, Frank Jackson, kafetzis, Masina and Covey never received a 1st Team All American Award....let alone several of them. Those national accolades only come around the state of Utah about ever two decades. I guess since it is the "Governors Award" politics need to play a big role. :)