Quick shows he's a playmaker for Cards

After struggling as a true freshman, former Kentucky Mr. Football James Quick has a coming out party on Friday in the Louisville Spring Game. Quick is another added playmaker for the new Bobby Petrino offense.

You wanted him last year. This year, it looks like you're going to get him.

And a lot of him.

University of Louisville sophomore wide receiver James Quick gave Cardinal fans a reason to be excited with his five catch, 152-yard, one touchdown performance during Friday night's spring game.

Coming out of Trinity High School, Quick was a five-star wide receiver prospect, the highest ranking recruit the Louisville football program had ever signed, and the Most Valuable Player of the Under Armor All-American Game. But the notorious playmaker caught just six passes for 73 yards in his freshman season as a Cardinal.

Quick became the star of the night almost instantly, burning the second-team defense for a 62-yard touchdown just a minute and 14 seconds into the first quarter.

Finally, it looks like Quick will be the weapon most expected.

"I feel like (head) coach (Bobby) Petrino knows how to use his playmakers," Quick told media members after the game. "I feel like he knows the right thing to do at the right time."

Though he may have been used sparingly a season ago, Quick maintains that 2013 a blessing more than a struggle. The receiver noted departed senior Damian Copeland as a role model for both work ethic and performance.

"It wouldn't say (last season) was a challenge, because I had someone who was a great player in front of me with Damian Copeland," Quick said.

"Watching what he did last year, I can put some of those things in my game this year."

Still, the early 62-yard explosion, which quarterback Will Gardner said "set the tone" for the game, admittedly was a confidence-booster for Quick.

"It's really big (for my confidence)," Quick said with a smile. "Breaking it for a 60-yard gain is always fun, especially for the fans that came out to support us."

The 6-foot-2, 171-pound speedster can be expected to be used for more than just catching passes come fall. Throughout spring practice, Quick has gotten reps working in the screen game and returning kicks and punts.

When asked how big it is to have an explosive weapon like Quick at his disposal, Petrino wasn't ready to give the second-year man all of the credit.

"It's good to have a bunch of them, I'm excited about playmakers we have."

If Friday night is any indication, Quick is definitely one of them. And he absolutely looks like something to be excited about.


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