Kopp looking to finish strong

On a team loaded with big name players, one wide receiver has been quietly emerging as one of the most reliable receivers in the state of Kentucky.

Trinity football this season is defined by several star players, from senior running back Derek Bishop to sophomores James Quick, Jason Hatcher and Travis Wright. But in the middle of the hoopla is senior receiver Hunter Kopp. Kopp had 33 receptions for 596 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 12 games of action.

Kopp's numbers are impressive, considering the balance on the Trinity team. A team that's expected to defeat Ryle on Friday night and be favored to win the 6A state championship this year.

"This is the biggest game yet for our team," said Kopp. "We know that they are one of the best teams we have played, so we won't be taking them lightly," Kopp continued.

Trinity sits at 12-1 this season with their lone loss coming to Ohio state power, St. Xavier. Kopp feels good about his team's efforts this year.

"I couldn't be more satisfied with my team's performance this season. We've only lost one game and we probably should have won that one," he said. "But that's last season, so now we're just worrying about Ryle and taking one step at a time," he said.

Kopp has worked his way into the rotation for Trinity and that's in-part due to the improvements he's made over the course of the season and the effort plays he makes.

"I would consider my route running and downfield blocking to be some of my strengths. I feel like I have improved in those areas throughout the year," Kopp said. "One thing I need to improve on is my speed," said the 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver. "It has gotten a lot better over the years, but there is always room for improvement," he said.

But individual efforts aside, Kopp has one goal in mind for himself and his team.

"I will be fully satisfied with my performance this season if we get a ring when it's all said and done. Other than that, I don't think I could have asked for a better senior season," he finished.

Now that his season is almost over, he's preparing for the next level and there are a couple of schools who have shown him some interest.

"I have heard some from Kentucky and Illinois," said Kopp. "I started the recruiting process a little late, so I am just now starting to send out my tapes to colleges," he said.

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