Quick named Athlete of the Year

University of Louisville freshman football player James Quick will arrive on campus this weekend with yet another accolade. The reigning Kentucky Mr. Football has won the top honor for a Kentucky high school athlete.

Former Trinity High School All-American football James Quick will enroll at the University of Louisville next week and start classes.

Quick, the highest ranked football player ever signed by the Cardinals, will arrive on campus with yet another honor.

The three-sport standout with eight state championships during his high school career has been named the Male winner of the Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center High School Athlete of the Year.

Quick will be at a press conference this morning at the KFC Yum Center announcing the winners. Marion County's Makayla Epps and Owensboro Catholic's Rebecca Greenwell – both standout girls' basketball players – will be named co-winners of the Female award.

The awards will be given at the June 13 induction ceremony of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Former U of L athletes Pervis Ellison and Dwayne Woodruff are among seven going into the Hall of Fame.

Quick is considered one of the greatest athletes in state history and was a fairly easy pick for the award.

A star at Trinity on the football field since his freshman season, Quick became the first Trinity freshman to be a regular-starter on the varsity level in school history when he played the final nine games.

Quick helped the Shamrocks to three consecutive Class 6-A state titles, including a national championship in 2011. He became the only player in state history to catch a touchdown pass in four consecutive state championship games. He won all of the postseason honors in football.

Quick was also named to the U.S Army All-American game were he caught the game-winning touchdown and was named MVP of the game, which included the top 80 players nationally.

As a senior, Quick had 85 catches for 1,413 yard and 16 touchdowns in 12 games. He finished his career as the state's all-time leader in receptions with 280 and third in receiving yards (4,437) and touchdowns (57).

But it wasn't just his success on the gridiron.

Quick became the first player ever in Kentucky to lead a team to a state football and basketball title when he helped the Shamrocks to the 2012 Boys' Sweet 16 championship. He was a key player on that team, earning All-State honorable mention honors in basketball. Quick also won the 200-meter run in the Class 3-A state track and field meet four years in a row.

He's expected to also run track at U of L.

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