The University of Louisville football team broke camp on Saturday afternoon after a grueling two weeks. One player we haven't heard a ton about this fall has been senior wide receiver James Quick.
But don't take that as a negative.
Quick has been quiet but as head coach Bobby Petrino said recently "he's had a really good camp," and then quarterback Lamar Jackson added that he's been "making all kind of plays" for the offense.
"He's looked fast," Petrino said of Quick's latter part of camp.
Added Jackson: "He's going to make plays. We have a lot of guys out there that are playmakers, but he's going to make plays for us."
After a big spring campaign, Quick said he felt like he took "big strides" towards where he wanted to be heading into his senior season. But Petrino said he "struggled" the first few days of fall camp.
"We probably brought him in too heavy," Petrino said. "We brought him in about five pounds heavier than he was a year ago and he had some back issues and fatigue early. He's back down to his playing weight and where he's comfortable."
In the first scrimmage after the weight loss back to his 175 weight, Quick had two catches that he took into the end zone. Petrino said both in the closed scrimmage were "great runs after the catch," to the delight of the staff.
"He needs to be at same weight he was last year and fast," the coach said. "I'm encouraged by the way he's run after the catch. He looked more decisive and he looked fast. He has to use that speed."
Quick came to Louisville with lofty expectations. He was the highest-rated offensive recruit the Cardinals had ever signed after his record-breaking career at Trinity High School. He was the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Game.
But as a freshman he had just six catches for 73 yards and struggled with dropped balls. He was third on the team with 36 catches for 566 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore but missed the Boston College game because of a suspension.
Quick was the leading receiver a year ago, catching 39 passes for 624 yards and five touchdowns. He was injured in the Auburn game but came back and had his career-best game against Florida State with five catches for 130 yards and three TDs.
"Last year was good, but not all what I wanted," Quick said in the spring. "I want to do more for my team."
While he is a senior, Quick hasn't chatted with the media this fall and has been focusing on his game. He had five catches for 152 yards and an 85-yard TD catch in the spring game.
"I just want to do whatever I need to do to help this team win games," Quick said.
And as Lamar Jackson mentioned, the Cardinals need Quick "to just make plays."