He played running back, quarterback, wide receiver and defensive, and he was equally talented in each.

In many games he played all four.

Tooele's Kyle Brady did it all for the Buffaloes. Where ever he was needed, that was where he played.

"He showed up every week for us," Tooele coach Tyler Anderson said. "Teams knew they had to stop Kyle but he continued to make plays. He's the kind of kid you like to coach."

In leading the Buffaloes to their first state football championship since 1937, he recorded 15 interceptions, rushed for just under 1,400 yards and accounted for 31 touchdowns.

For this, Brady, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, is the Class 3A MVP and the 2002 recipient of the Deseret News Mr. Football award — the first Class 3A player to receive the award.

"Whether it was on offense or defense he's made some big plays for us that would take the wind out of the sail of the other team," Anderson said.

That was very evident in the Buffaloes' 28-24 victory over Wasatch in the Class 3A state championship game last month.

Brady set the defensive tone by intercepting the first pass of the game. He finished with two in the game.

The week before he intercepted three passes — one for a touchdown — in leading the Buffaloes to the semifinal victory over Lehi.

He finished with a state-record 31 interceptions in his career.

"He had a nose for the ball. He watched a lot of game film during the week and that was a big key," Anderson said. "He saw the passes the teams liked the most and that prepared him for games."

For the year, Brady rushed for 24 touchdowns, caught six more and threw for another. He led the classification in scoring.

As a junior first-team all state selection last year, Brady had nine interceptions and just under 1,100 yards with 15 touchdowns.

"He's the team captain and the kids knew that he was the big part of the team and they looked to him for leadership," Anderson said.

The Buffaloes, who led the classification in scoring at 37.4 points a game, started the year 0-2 but won their last 10 games to win the region 11 title and the Class 3A crown.

Brady is being recruited by teams such as BYU, Utah, Oregon, Arizona and Stanford.

Anderson, who played college and professional as a wide receiver, said Brady has the talent to play at the Division I level.

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"Definitely, he has the talent to be an impact player," Anderson said.

He led the Buffaloes with 1,386 yards rushing and 711 receiving yards.

"He's a high-character kid both on and off the field," Anderson said. "I am impressed with him as a person not just as an athlete. He's a kid you dream to coach. You don't get them very often."


E-mail: jhinton@desnews.com

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