A former Fort Knox High School running back is among the inductees to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Derek Homer, who played with the Eagles from 1993-96, is part of the 11 member class that will be the 27th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. The class will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for April 27 at the Lexington Convention Center and will bring the total number of individuals honored to 423.
Other members of the class include Fred Bishop (Pineville, 1973), Jeff Brohm (Trinity Louisville, 1989), Caroline Burckle (Sacred Heart, 2004), Sonny Collins (Madisonville-North Hopkins, 1972), Mike Fields (contributor), Ukari Figgs (Scott County, 1995), Don Frye (Monticello, 1960), Barbara Ann Isaac (official), Brooke Martinez (Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2003) and Russell Miracle (Bell County, 1961).
Homer was one of the most productive running backs in Kentucky high school football history, running for a then state-record 8,224 yards and totaling 112 touchdowns (3rd all-time) at Fort Knox from 1993-96. Named Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 1996, Homer also received the Frank Camp and Roy Kidd awards after compiling 3,003 yards (7th all-time) and 43 total touchdowns (41 rushing) for the Eagles as a senior.
Homer helped lead Fort Knox to a Class 2A runner-up finish in 1996, as the Eagles fell to Breathitt County, 25-21, in the state championship game. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Homer scored 680 points in his career (5th all-time) and rushed for 110 touchdowns (2nd all-time), including a career-best seven TDs against Taylor County in 1996.
Homer’s impact at Fort Knox was not limited to the gridiron, as he set several school records in track during his prep career. He currently sits 28th on the NFHS’ all-time list for rushing yards (he was 11th when he graduated from Fort Knox), despite the fact that he often sat out the fourth quarter (and sometimes the third) so as not to run up the score on opponents, and missed five games due to injury.
Homer went on to be a four-year letterman at the University of Kentucky, where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1997 and received a National Honor Society award in 1998. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in February of 2002, and played professionally with NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He went on to play with the Lexington Horsemen of the National Indoor Football League, and helped lead the team to an NIFL championship in 2004.