Yeah, he was pretty happy about it.
I actually thought Fink had a real good shot at first-team
...I don't mean to pick on Harris again after last year, but the coaches must have felt bad for him. He may be the best dual-threat QB in the conference, and may have been stuck on a bad team, but as I see it, his numbers just didn't stand out enough for anything more than HM. Fink's play and importance to the conference and state title runs this year was severely under-estimated, IMO.
My only "gripe" is that other than 2nd-team QB, the only other flat-out miss I see is at punter.
I thought Kopriva was far and away the best punter in the conference this year. He's the only one whose punts actually look like what punts are supposed to look like. French just doesn't impress me that much as a punter.
Kopriva is just as good as Pucylowski at CMH when it comes to distance, hang time and hitting the ball properly with consistency.
No one will remember Fink as a great player but the kid is a winner.
People might forget that at the beginning of last year he was the third string QB. As great as Marquette's defense was this year if Fink does not emerge as a player it might not have mattered. So yes, he certainly deserves a ton of credit.
And even though he didnt have a great championship game, he had some pretty amazing numbers considering how much Marquette ran the ball this year and the number of blowout games. I was on the Kopriva bandwagon more than anyone at the start of the year, but in reality those two werent even close. There have been a number of Marquette QBs who were more athletically gifted than Fink but he used his smarts, toughness, and leadership abilities to accomplish something those others could not.
As far as French is concerned, you made an interesting comment about his placekicking a few weeks ago saying something like he never kicks two in a row the same way, and its obvious that even though he has a big leg, consistency is not his main strength right now. His first punt which set up Marquette's scoring drive was identical to the last punt he had in warmups. I think the pressure of playing in his future home got to him a little. He did have some effective long punts but even those were line drives. Kopriva certainly stood toe-toe with him helping Marquette out of some bad field position.