Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant was named 2013 Kentucky Mr. Football today by The Associated Press.
Fant, a 5-foot-11-inch, 175-pound wideout, is 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, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout, verbally committed to Western Kentucky in June and can officially sign with the school during the February signing period. He is 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 were 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 narrowed his decision to Alabama or Kentucky.
Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace was also named the AP’s coach of the year. Here is the link to the full story on Fant’s Mr. Football award.