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Bryan Station in good hands with trio of top-notch receivers

Bryan Station senior wide receivers, left, to right, C.J. Walker, Quan Claitt and Marcus Floyd. (MIke Fields photo)
Bryan Station senior wide receivers, left, to right, C.J. Walker, Quan Claitt and Marcus Floyd. (MIke Fields photo)

They are Bryan Station football's version of The Three Musketeers, a talented trio of senior wide receivers whose speed, savvy and sure hands are enhanced by their all-for-one and one-for-all attitude.

Quan Claitt, Marcus Floyd and C.J. Walker, with 335 career receptions, 5,161 yards and 61 touchdowns among them, are selfless stars who revel in each other's success.

"Of course, we all want the ball," Floyd said. "But we love sharing it, too. If one of us scores, it's like we all score.

"We're that close."

Bryan Station receivers' coach Cornell Burbage considers Claitt, Floyd and Walker "the best receivers in the whole state, bar none. It's amazing to watch them."

Each has more than 100 career receptions, more than 1,500 yards and at least 19 touchdown catches. "But they all bring something different to the table," Burbage said.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Floyd describes himself as "a physical player blocking and when I run with the ball."

Burbage said Floyd is a "great route runner, the curls and outs and screens, and he's as strong as he can be."

Floyd excels against tough, physical opponents. He had seven catches for 73 yards against Highlands, and six grabs for 76 yards against St. Xavier.

The 6-2, 175-pound Claitt thinks of himself as "more of a third-down type receiver, not the long, big-play guy."

But he makes his share of big plays, as he showed in snagging eight passes for 124 yards and four TDs in Bryan Station's 28-23 upset of Scott County.

"They just called my number that game," Claitt said modestly. "The middle of the field was open and that's where I make my best plays."

Burbage compares Claitt to former Boyle County and Kentucky star Jacob Tamme, who's now in the NFL.

"Anything you throw up to Quan, he's going to come down with it," Burbage said. "I just shake my head, wondering how he does it. Jacob Tamme had the same type of ball skills."

The 5-10, 175-pound Walker is a burner who considers himself "the go-to guy, the big-play guy, the explosive guy."

Over the past two years he's had three 80-yard touchdowns, a 74-yarder and a 67-yarder.

"Any time you want a big play, you go to C.J.," Burbage said. "He runs great routes and has great speed."

Walker noted that Bryan Station's receiving corps is bolstered by Rafael Few and Devon Key, and running backs D'Andre Mack and K-CI Carmichael. They've combined for 64 catches, almost 1,000 yards and 14 TDs.

Junior quarterback Andre Davis has made the most of his many options. He's thrown for 2,380 yards and 35 TDs this season.

"I knew 'Dre would be great, but I didn't know he'd be this great," Walker said.

Burbage has been tough on Claitt, Floyd and Walker the last few years, pushing them to reach their potential. He knew he had succeeded, not when they excelled individually, but when they put the team first.

"I knew they got it when they came to the sideline and suggested a play that wasn't for them, but for the other guy," Burbage said.

Burbage was a standout receiver at Bryan Station more than 30 years ago when the Defenders were a run-first team. He went on to play at the University of Kentucky and in the NFL, but he never got as many passes thrown his way as Claitt, Floyd and Walker enjoy.

"I told them, 'You wouldn't believe that when I was in high school, I caught maybe 15 passes my whole career," Burbage said. "And one year in college I led the team with 25 catches."

Having played at the highest level, Burbage said he knows what it takes to be a top-notch receiver "and it's baffling to me that these three guys haven't had any offers yet. These are three Division I wideouts."

Bryan Station plays at unbeaten Central Hardin on Friday night, and Burbage hopes it's another step forward in the Class 6A playoffs.

"I'm going to hate to see Quan, Marcus and C.J. go when the season's over," he said. "They've been truly amazing to watch and to coach."

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