Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant was named one of four finalists this week for the 2013 Kentucky Mr. Football award, which is presented by The Associated Press.
Voting, which is conducted by AP media members, has not concluded. The award is typically given out in late December.
Fant, a 5-foot-11-inch, 175-pound wideout, would be the first Bowling Green player to win the award given to the state’s top senior player. The area’s only previous winner was Warren Central’s Damon Hood in 1990.
Fant finished this season with 83 catches, 1,699 yards and 24 touchdowns, leading the Purples to their third straight undefeated season and Class 5A state title. He played varsity since his freshman year and owns every major receiving record in program history.
He finished with 4,473 career receiving yards (third in state history), 52 touchdowns (tied for fourth) and 227 receptions (tied for fifth).
Fant verbally committed to Western Kentucky in June and can officially sign with the school during the February signing period. He would be the Hilltoppers’ second Mr. Football prospect, following running back Antonio Andrews, who won the honor in 2009 as a quarterback at Fort Campbell High School.
The other finalists for this year’s award are Conner quarterback Drew Barker (a Kentucky early signee), Scott County receiver Scott Daniel (Eastern Kentucky commit) and John Hardin defensive lineman Matt Elam, who’s undecided but has reported Alabama, Kentucky and Notre Dame as his leaders.
“My first goal was always to win a state championship for my team, and I’ve been able to do that,” Fant said Dec. 8 after the Purples’ state championship win at WKU. “Now that the state championship is over, and they get together or whatever, we’ll see how everything goes. Whoever it turns out to be, it’ll be well-deserved.”