Quick named to Hornung watch list

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 61 days before the game and here's a look at the first 'watch list' of the preseason and James Quick named to the it for the Paul Hornung Award.

University of Louisville junior wide receiver James Quick said after spring practice that he had improved and noted he wanted to "make a big jump" in production this coming season.

With the loss of so many top receivers, Quick needs to step up for the Cardinals.

And at least one group believes he will step up this season. Quick was tabbed as one of 44 players nationally named on Monday to the Paul Hornung Award 'watch list' for the nation's most versatile player.

The highest-ranked recruit ever signed by U of L, Quick will play more of a role in the slot this season for the Cardinals. He's expected to be one of the main go-to guys early on this season.

As a freshman, Quick had just six catches for 73 yards and scored his only touchdown on a blocked punt return against Central Florida. He was more involved as a sophomore but did get into some off the field troubles prior to last season.

Quick did miss the Boston College game because of a suspension, but played in 12 games and was the third-leading receiver on the team. He finished with 36 receptions for 566 yards and three TDs.

The Hornung award is the first of many awards watch lists that will be released in the next two weeks. Hornung, the Louisville native, has been giving an award to the most versatile player in college football for six years.

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