Will Fidler's UK football career began a little sooner than he had hoped. Fidler's Henderson County Colonels were upset in the first round of the Kentucky High School football playoffs by Christian County. The loss ended his high school career, meaning, his college career could soon begin.
About the disappointing first round loss, Fidler said, "We sat down at the beginning of the year and drew up our goals on the board, and winning a state championship was our number one goal." In 2004, Henderson County advanced to the Class 4A state semi-finals. > But Fidler was so excited about becoming a Wildcat, that he graduated from Henderson in December and enrolled at Kentucky in January. He said he wanted to be there for spring practice to get a head start on learning the UK playbook and learning the system.
Fidler verbally committed to play his college football at Kentucky before the high school season began. He was under the microscope all season as UK football fans watched him, judged him, and critiqued him through every game. Even though he walked away from the Henderson County football fields a little sooner than he had hoped, he still left as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play in the state of Kentucky.
Fidler finished his high school career ranked fourth in career yards with 9,395, fifth in career completions with 618 and fifth in career attempts with 1,018. He also had 92 touchdown passes for his career, which placed him just outside of the state's top ten list.
Since his Colonels were cut short in the playoffs, Fidler's numbers this year weren't nearly as good as his junior year. This season he threw for 2,288 yards and 25 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. As a junior, he threw for an incredible 4,000 yards and 45 touchdowns, but he also played in three more games that season.
"He's a student of the game," said Henderson County coach Duffer Duffy. "I would give him tapes on Sunday of our next opponent, and he went home and studied them, and then comes back with questions. He enjoys getting quizzed by me, and we go back and forth and try to challenge each other a little bit."
Fidler not only has the brains to be a college quarterback, he's also got the size checking in at 6'5", 210 pounds. Throughout his senior season with the Colonels, he was also able to keep his eye on his future team, the Cats. "There were times I wished I could help," Fidler said. "It was pretty hard for them at times. They had a lot of injurie, not much depth and just came off probation. What I'm looking forward to is building the depth and building up the team and having a winning team."
Fidler also wore number 2 while at Henderson County. The same number of a guy who was a pretty good quarterback at Kentucky, Tim Couch. Fidler said, "It's a passing school for the most part. Always has been. I was a really big fan (of Couch) and always dreamed of doing some of the things that he did there."
UK football fans are hoping the same.