What voters said about Kentucky Sportsman of the Year contenders who finished outside the top 10:
Rick Pitino— Les Dixon, The Times-Tribune, Corbin
"Took a mediocre regular-season team and led it to a Big East Conference Tournament title and the Final Four. Classic Pitino: Got his team to play well at the end of the season."
— Jonathan Miller, Kentucky.com
"Set the state record for receptions and, on a team of good players, it was clear when Quick didn't play just how much of an impact he made on Trinity's team."
— Mary Jo Perino, WLEX-TV, Lexington
Isaiah Canaan— Scott Brown, WKDZ radio, Cadiz
"This kid is a basketball player."
— Michael Edington, Lewis County Herald
Antonio Andrews— Aaron Taylor, WTHX radio, Vine Grove/Elizabethtown
"Only a guy named Barry Sanders gained more (total) yards in a college football season (than Andrews)."
— Greg Busby, WSON radio, Henderson
"To win the SEC regular-season title is not an easy feat, yet Coach Mitchell did it and also guided his team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tourney."
— Ron Bailey, The Ledger Independent, Maysville
Angel McCoughtry— Mike Marsee, The Advocate-Messenger, Danville
"Gold medalist. Louisville's most amazing female athlete ever, McCoughtry was the offensive spark helping Team USA to the gold medal in the London Olympics. She was spectacular on the world's biggest stage for basketball."
— Howie Lindsey, CardinalSports.com
Claire Donahue— Jordan Wells, Scout.com/FOXSports, Bowling Green
"How much did WKU's Google hits improve during Claire's stay in London-town?"
— Nathaniel Bryan, The News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown
Steve Prohm— Fred Cowgill, WLKY TV, Louisville
"Helped the Racers gain statewide attention even as Kentucky and Louisville were enjoying similar runs down the stretch last season. A 31-2 record is not bad for a first-year coach at any level, especially in college basketball."
— Keith Taylor, The Winchester Sun
"Won't be at Murray State much longer with the numbers he's putting up."
— Ira Combs, Tri-State Sports Independent Media Service Inc., Hazard
Wesley Korir— Brian Rickerd, The State-Journal, Frankfort
"Because the Kentucky Sportsman of the Year should be about more than being a great athlete. Because the man won the biggest marathon in the world despite ‘not being good enough' to represent his home country (Kenya) in the Olympics. Because he took the time he would have been at the Olympics and saved an estimated 4,000 people in three weeks with his medical contributions. ... Wesley Korir should be what every athlete in the state of Kentucky aspires to be."
— Pat Doney, WDRB TV, Louisville
Dale Romans— Mike Cameron, WLXG radio, Lexington
"In addition to all the wins on the racetrack, Romans reportedly lost 50 pounds this year with the help of (Rick) Pitino. Gotta admire that effort."
— Lachlan McLean, WHAS radio, Louisville
Justin Thomas— Kent Taylor, WAVE TV, Louisville
Gary Henderson— Gary Moyers, The Advocate-Messenger, Danville
Eric Quigley— Alex Risen, WTVQ TV, Lexington
"Just a phenomenal tennis star who owns the UK record book."
— Oscar Combs, University of Kentucky radio network
Mitch Barnhart— Jared Peck, Lexington Herald-Leader
Jeff Parrett— Kenny Rice, NBC Sports
Lee Kiefer— Ryan Lemond, WLAP radio, Lexington
"Reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics with her best years in front of her."
— Alan Cutler, WLEX TV, Lexington