2022 Defensive Player of the Year Finalists

Snowden ended the season with eight interceptions and a state championship. He was the anchor of one of the best defenses this state has seen in recent memory. He wisely opted to continue his career with the University of Utah.

Brady Freeman


Freeman was a nightmare for lineman and represents the small rural schools on this list. He ended the season with a whopping twenty seven sacks which led the state of Utah. Freeman is only a junior and will only improve in his senior year with South Summit.


Blanch was a game wrecker and could single-handedly swing the momentum of a game. Throughout the season, he accumulated turnovers. Blanch could be one of the most underrated defensive players in the state. Recruiters should be lining up at the door for his talents.

Kadiyon Sweat


Sweat was the best safety in the state of Utah two years in a row. Even still, he flew under the radar somehow. Sweat (along with Bobby Terrell) was a part of a back-to-back championship defense that will be remembered throughout time. He ended the season with a state high ten interceptions. Sweat is undoubtedly deserving of this award.

Tausili Akana


Akana may go down as one of the highest grades recruits to come out of Utah. He was a problem for opposing quarterbacks and was blessed with unreal athleticism. University of Texas is getting a gem edge rusher.

Dayton Runyan


The Phoenix squad last year might have been one of the most electrifying watches of the year. The defense was full of dawgs, none better than that of defense back Dayton Runyan. He changed the course of games and showed up when his team needed him most.

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