Mr. Football 2009: Bingham High's Tuni Kanuch

Mr. Football 2009: Bingham High's Tuni Kanuch

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(Photo: Mike Terry, Deseret News)SOUTH JORDAN -- A devastating blocker, a three-year starter and the anchor of the state's most dominant offensive line.

Those are the on-the-field credentials of Bingham right guard Tuni Kanuch, the Deseret News 2009 Mr. Football award recipient. Kanuch played an integral role in opening holes for running backs such as Harvey Langi and Richie Vakapuna, and protecting quarterbacks Ty Hannay and Stefan Cantwell.

But what Kanuch meant to the 5A state champion Miners can't be measured in any statistics or even highlight film. He led his team with words and by example, and who would question a teammate that stands 6-foot-3, weighs 300 pounds, squats 615, benches 405 and runs a 4.9 40 anyway?

"Tuni has a lot of qualities," said Bingham coach Dave Peck. "He's a great leader. Anytime I go to speak or one of the coaches go to speak, Tuni is the first one to make sure that everyone listens. When Tuni speaks, everyone listens."

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