@ Utah Sports FanAmen!
@ PaysonFor 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!
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 (Scout.com). 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.
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. :)