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Prep football: Stat man George Felt is Utah’s record holder
Prep football » George Felt’s hobby has made him the state’s unofficial statistician.


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When his father, Whitney, died in 1998, George Felt found an old ledger. In it, Whitney had tracked NCAA football games in the 1950s and ’60s: team stats, standings, the sorts of things his son, a generation later, would chase in the high school game.

The father never mentioned his own hobby when his son got serious in the early 1990s.

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George Felt file

Age » 56

Alma mater » Skyline High School

About » Began gathering high school football data in 1992 and within a year had written a book. Now is the gatekeeper of the state’s records and archives.

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"Maybe he forgot he did it," Felt says. "I don’t know."

Felt knows he can’t do this forever, although he’s in no hurry to stop going to games and tracking them. He hopes in 20 years or so a successor will step in, wanting to take over. The hard work is done, the history has been written.

But Felt has no intention of stepping aside shortly. There are questions to answer. One of them is growing more popular, and Felt fields it often: "When are you going to do basketball?"

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @oramb




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