High School Sports

Four finalists named for Kentucky's Mr. Football

Drew Barker
Drew Barker

Scott County star Scott Daniel, who helped the Cardinals win the Class 6A state title this season, is one of four finalists for Mr. Football.

Conner quarterback Drew Barker, John Hardin defensive lineman Matt Elam and Bowling Green receiver Nacarius Fant are the other finalists for the award that is given by The Associated Press and voted on by statewide media.

The winner will be announced within the next week.

Daniel, who has committed to Eastern Kentucky University, was a versatile standout for Scott County. He played wide receiver, safety and returned kickoffs and punts. In his career he had 4,770 all-purpose yards and 52 touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the Cardinals' 21-14 victory over Meade County in the Class 6A finals.

Barker, who has signed with Kentucky, threw for 6,264 yards and 62 TDs, and ran for 3,931 yards and 51 TDs in his career.

Elam, 6-foot-6, 355 pounds, will make his college choice from among UK, Alabama and Notre Dame on Jan. 4 at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Fant, who has committed to Western Kentucky, helped Bowling Green to three consecutive undefeated 5A titles. He is among the state's all-time receiving leaders with 227 catches (tied for fifth-most), 4,473 yards (third-most) and 52 TDs (tied for fourth-most). Fant had more than 6,550 all-purpose yards and 62 TDs.

Coming Sunday

Mike Fields reveals the Herald-Leader's 22nd annual Class of the Commonwealth listing of the state's top 22 senior football players.

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