Every year the Daily Herald sports staff enjoys recognizing the best high school talent in Utah Valley. It is thrilling to see our athletes compete every week and achieve personal and team success.

For the 2017 football season, we decided to focus on what our gridiron stars did during the regular season.

From mid-August to mid-October, these boys strapped on their pads and helmets and sallied forth to test themselves. Sometimes their efforts resulted in victory while other times they weren’t able to overcome their opponent.

Through the ups and downs, the top players stood tall. They led their teams through their words and actions, both on and off the field.

Still, it is both an honor and a challenge to narrow down the field to recognize our Top 25 football players from 2017. So many young men excel in their own ways that the decisions were very difficult.

The athletes on the Honorable Mention list also had great seasons and should be lauded for their performance.

But the best of the best have been selected and are featured in these pages.  

The Daily Herald is proud to commemorate the top Utah Valley football players from 2017 with this special section. We want to thank the many coaches and photographers who helped out with their expertise and input.

We also wish all of the local teams the very best of luck at their respective state tournaments and look forward to watching our boys do great things over the next few weeks.

Jared Lloyd

Daily Herald sports editor

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