by James Tate
Special teams’ standout
Judkins is a first-team all-region edge rusher/linebacker and also leads the team with 11.5 sacks. Judkins is an outstanding player and has contributed to the Phoenix’s deep run into the 6A state semi-finals. A game-changer against the Weber Warriors this season saw Judkins block three kicks.
In this past quarterfinal matchup against the Skyridge Falcons Judkins blocked a punt and made them run away from him to get other punts off. “My mindset when I see them come out in punt formation is to just go all out,” said Judkins. “And do everything I can do to block the kick.”
Judkins has played lights out this year and strives to be the best player he can be for his team. Judkins models his game after Dallas Cowboys all-pro linebacker Micah Parson. Parsons is a dominant player on defense and is always giving his all to the team.
Judkins has played a huge part in the team’s success and in reaching the semi-finals matchup against the Corner Canyon Chargers. The Chargers better find out where number seven is lining up or he will wreck their game plan.
Judkins bright future
Judkins is looking to continue his education and play football at the college level after high school. Schools that have shown interest in Judkins include Southern Utah University, Weber State University, Idaho, and Idaho State University.
Judkins gives credit to defensive coordinator Cody Caputo for teaching him about the game and his development over the years. “Want to shout out my coach Caputo,” said Judkins. “Ever since I was a freshman at Farmington, I was so excited to learn and play for him.” “You will only hear good things about this man,” said Judkins.” “And he has taught me so much over these last three years at Farmington.”
“Jed Judkins is the most athletic defensive lineman I have had the honor of coaching,” said Caputo. “He is a relentless pass rusher and can do just about anything you ask him on the football field.” “He has been a real game-changer for us on defense and special teams.
A common feeling around the Phoenix team is one of closeness and family. Players have each other’s back and always support each other through the good and bad moments. “Our team’s chemistry this year has been outstanding and has been a big part of our success,” said Judkins.
“I love being a Phoenix because of the family we have made. And we got the best coaches in the state that make football the best part of every day.”
photo courtesy James Tate of Jed Judkins