WKU FOOTBALL | Fant's "Little" Motivation Drives Him

09/05/2017 09:00 AM

WKU senior wide receiver Nacarius Fant is playing with a chip on his shoulder this season. Not because it is his last season or because he is coming off an injury, but because his number one fan will be watching.

Fany found out he was going to be a father his senior year of high school. He was scared, but knew he had to step up.

“You know, at that age most are not ready for that situation. I honestly wasn’t ready for that situation but I knew that I had to take care of my responsibilities and me taking on that role as a father has made me a greater person to this day,” Fant told Spectrum News.

May 22, 2014, Kenley Ava Reese was born, and so was his new motivation.

“Now I know that I have to take care of not only myself, but also take care of a little one,” Fant explained. “So every day when I come out here and play and I’m giving it all I’ve got, I’m also doing that for her.”

Once Kenley was in the picture, Fant knew that staying home and playing for the Tops was the best decision he could make.

“Not a better place for Kenley,” Fant said. “She comes to the games and there’s fans talking to her and seeing her and showing her as much support as they show me and they’re trying to take pictures with her and just being that support for her when I’m not with her out on the field.”

Having to handle his business on the field, take care of his work in the classroom on top of all the other demands of being a student-athlete doesn’t phase him too much. For Fant, it’s all worth it.

“Once you have a kid it changes your whole life,” Fant explained. “Changes everything into a different perspective and it makes you think about the bigger picture and you know, little things that you did before, those things aren’t cool anymore, because obviously it’s coming back and being with your daughter.”

Some would say Fant was too young to become a parent when he did. He knows that, but he and his daughter getting to grow up together in a sense, that’s priceless.

“You know, to this day I feel like I’m very mature for my age and the fact of having a daughter, you know, her now looking up to her father is, you know, an honor,” Fant said.

So with Kenley in the stands, Fant plans to shine his senior season.

Fant finished with four catches for 32 yards and a punt return in his first game since he tore his ACL last season.

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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