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Deseret News' high school football MVPs 1997- 2013 (17 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 16, 2013

The votes are in, and the MVPs have been selected for the Utah 2013 high school football season. This year's divisional MVP winners and Mr. Football are the latest in a long line of oustanding Utah high school athletes.

These are the last 17 Mr. Football award winners and the divisional MVPs in the state of Utah.

1 of 17. 1997 All-State Mr. Football and MVPs

The 1997 Deseret News All-State MVPs and Mr. Football pose for a photo during the Utah Football Coaches Association All-State Awards Ceremony. They are, left to right:

5A MVP, Skyline’s Josh Lyman
4A MVP, Timpview’s Ethan Ross
Mr. Football, Highland’s Morgan Scalley
3A MVP, Ben Lomond’s Emmett White
2A MVP, Grantsville’s Alan Mouritsen

2 of 17. 1998 All-State Mr. Football and MVPs

The 1998 Deseret News All-State MVPs and Mr. Football pose for a photo during the Utah Football Coaches Association All-State Awards Ceremony. They are, front row, left to right:

4A MVP, Olympus’s Josh Green
3A MVP, Dixie’s Lance Pendleton
2A co-MVP, Grantsville’s Alan Mouritsen

Back row, left to right are:

2A co-MVP, San Juan’s Jason Lee
Mr. Football, Hunter’s David Fiefia
5A MVP, Jordan’s Jackson Brown

3 of 17. 1999 All-State Mr. Football and MVPs

The 1999 Deseret News All-State MVPs and Mr. Football photo from the the Utah Football Coaches Association All-State Awards Ceremony is unavailable. Pictured is Mr. Football, Skyline’s Bo Nagahi.

Other MVPs in 1999 were:

5A MVP, Skyline’s Brandon Van Leeuwen;
4A MVP, Weber’s Ashton Buswell;
3A MVP, Snow Canyon’s Jess Hacker;
2A MVP, Manti’s Brady Nielson.

4 of 17. 2000 All-State Mr. Football and MVPs

The 2000 Deseret News All-State MVPs and Mr. Football pose for a photo during the Utah Football Coaches Association All-State Awards Ceremony. They are, front row:

Mr. Football, Skyline’s Steve Tate.

Back row, left to right are:

3A MVP, Lehi’s Sam Trulock,
5A MVP, Northridge’s Daniel Coats,
4A MVP, Logan’s Ryan Bohm,
2A MVP, San Juan’s Brett Burtenshaw.

5 of 17. 2001 All-State Mr. Football and MVPs

The 2001 Deseret News All-State MVPs and Mr. Football pose for a photo during the Utah Football Coaches Association All-State Awards Ceremony. They are, front row, left to right:

1A MVP, Monticello’s Kyle Curtis;
2A MVP, Millard’s McKinley Smith;
3A MVP, Delta’s Storm Singleton.

Back row, left to right are:

4A MVP, Mountain Crest’s Ryan Zimmerman;
Mr. Football, Northridge’s Daniel Coats;
5A MVP, Northridge’s Jase McCormick.
1. Pavalova
Surfers Paradise, AU,
Dec. 21, 2010

Congrats to these young men. Maybe it's just me but I thought I would hear more of these men from prior years at the college level by now. I only recognize a few of the names.

2. BigBenzo88
Herriman, UT,
Dec. 11, 2012

Is Mr. Football and the Divisional MVP's picked from the state championship teams or is that just a coincidence?

The reason I ask is that as I look at this years and past years selections...it looks like the MVPs and Mr. Football are the best player from the state championship team and not necessarily the best player in the state at that division.

A case in point would be the 2005 selection. Stanley Havili was the best running back, best player and most sought after athlete that year. He went on to be a 4 year letterwinner and star at USC and then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Riley Nelson had an astronomical season that year so I understand the Mr. Football selection. However, Brady Wootton getting the 4A MVP over Havili must be due to Mountain Crest winning the championship that year because both Havili and Wootton had similiar rushing yards, Havili had a little more receiving yards but Havili had 5 or 6 more TDs on the season. Havili was also ranked nationally at the running back position.

So is it fair to say that the MVP and Mr. Football come from the state champion teams?

3. red rocks
Saint George, UT,
Dec. 11, 2012

Big Ben

Most years the MVP and Mr. Football do come from the teams that make the Championship game. However in 2009 the Chynoweth kid from Park City won the 3-A MVP. Juan Diego and Hurricane played for the championship.