The rise of the Phoenix
Luke Hansen is the heart of the Phoenix defense right in the middle of the action. Hansen is a physical linebacker and a general on the field. Hansen, a senior, has been a starter at linebacker since his junior year and has risen into a standout player and one of the best in the state. He gives credit to the off-season work in the weight room and dedication to becoming the best player he can be.
The team’s success started before the first game of the season. The team bonded over the summer with a trip that enabled them to get to know each other outside of the football field.
Hansen credits the Phoenix coaching staff with being able to have fun and be serious when the time needs to be. “He is fun to be around,” said Hansen about Head Coach Daniel Coats. “And when it’s time to get serious he is ready to go.”
Hansen is someone the coaches and his team can count on to be in the right place and make plays. Defensive coordinator Cody Caputo has a fast and aggressive defense that allows Hansen to thrive. “He is the first coach that had confidence in me,” said Hansen. “He definitely has a huge part in my game and really has developed me through the past two years.”
Coach Dustin McQuivey is another person that has helped Hansen become the special player he is now. “He can make something out of nothing,” said Hansen. “I have never met a smarter football coach in my life, and he always makes practice scary and fun at the same time.”
The closeness the Phoenix team share is special but nothing like playing alongside your twin brother. Hansen’s twin brother Kye Hansen is a senior linebacker/running back on the team. “It is one of the funniest things to have the chance to play with my twin Kye,” said Hansen. “It’s so fun to go home and talk about football because that is something we will remember for the rest of our lives.” With the Hansen twins, the Phoenix has three sets of twins, Adam and Ben Stucki, and Dante and Dominic Coats.
Hansen models his game after former Brigham Young University and current San Francisco 49er linebacker Fred Warner. “I think we play very similarly,” said Hansen. “And I try to shoot like a missile to the ball like him every play.” Hansen’s play has him leading the team in total tackles with 97 and 13 tackles for loss on the season. Hansen can rush the passer, having 10.5 sacks, and play the pass with three interceptions this year.
Bright future for Hansen
After high school, Hansen plans to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints. Hansen will look to continue his education and play college football after his mission. Currently, he has three Division 1 offers and several in-state schools showing interest in him. Hansen has the attitude and drive that will lead to his success with all his goals.
Hansen is sure to get more end-of-season awards and recognition, but here are some of his accomplishments.
2022-2023 UHSAA Deseret News Academic All-State
2022 1st Team All-Region
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