Daniel, Quick, Wolfe Among WAVE-TV Choices

Charlestown High School QB Aaron Daniel.

Charlestown High School QB Aaron Daniel.

The numbers that Charlestown High School (Ind.) quarterback Aaron Daniel put up this past football season are almost too much to believe. He led the Pirates to a 12-1 record and a sectional title, throwing for 2,075 yards and 36 touchdowns, and he rushed for 1,766 yards and 32 touchdowns. Daniel also intercepted three passes and had a punt return for a touchdown.

It was more than enough to make him one of the five candidates for our Touchdown Friday Night Player of the Year on WAVE 3. The other finalists are Collins running back DeAndre Farris, Jeffersonville quarterback Tyler Fridley, Trinity wide receiver James Quick and Eastern quarterback Cody Wolfe. I’ll announce the winner on WAVE 3 News at 6 (p.m.) on Thursday, Jan. 24.

KENT TAYLOR: When you see the numbers, does it even blow you away to account for 69 touchdowns?

AARON DANIEL: Yeah, it was a lot of touchdowns, but you have to look at who was in front of me, who I was throwing to, who I was running behind. All of it comes down to a team effort. It looks good from an individual standpoint, but it really has to go to the whole team.

TAYLOR: Looking back on the season, at 12-1, you won a sectional title. With all those big numbers, how successful was the season?

DANIEL: Every now and then you think back to what could have been, you could have gone further, but then you look back and realize all the great things that we did accomplish and that we did as a team. It hadn’t happened in like 16 years here and it was just a good time.

TAYLOR: What is your favorite sport?

DANIEL: Definitely football. I play basketball and I’m not going to say I don’t like it, because I definitely do, but football is my favorite.

TAYLOR: When did you start playing football?

DANIEL: In second grade.

TAYLOR: At what point did you realize that you were pretty good at this?

DANIEL: Pretty much in third and fourth grade, I played little league, and the coach would always tell me to get around the outside, and I would just always get the ball and go around the outside and score.

TAYLOR: Is quarterback your favorite position, or do you just like playing football?

DANIEL: I definitely just like playing football, like a few of the college coaches that have talked to me, I told them that I’ll play anywhere, just as long as I get on the field. It really doesn’t matter to me because I have played virtually every position throughout my career.

TAYLOR: What is the college situation at this point?

DANIEL: It’s kind of a tough question. I have Indiana and the University of Indianapolis, and Franklin and lots of Division III schools. A lot of coaches have moved so I’m still trying to sort some stuff out.

TAYLOR: Are you definitely going to play football in college or is basketball a possibility as well?

DANIEL: There are some basketball schools that are looking at me, but I think that I have pretty much decided that I am going to go play football somewhere.

TAYLOR: Would you consider walking on at a Division I school?

DANIEL: Indiana has actually offered me as a preferred walk on right now, it just depends on how all their commitments and everything goes. That’s definitely a possibility, I think I am going to take a visit there next week.

TAYLOR: Is there a point where you say, what more could I do; do you wonder why there aren’t more offers?

DANIEL: Definitely, to be honest with you, a little bit. I wish I had more options, but then again, all the places aren’t too far away, so my family can come see me.