BRIDWELL: Pocket Preview: UK v UL

Keep this pocket preview handy as you prepare for the 'Cats game on Sunday versus the Louisville Cardinals. This guide gives you a preview into the ballgame, players to watch for Louisville, strengths and weaknesses of the Cards, an item by item comparison of the two teams, and a not-so-fearless game prediction.

Game 1-@ Louisville

Louisville Cardinals
Louisville, KY
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (42,000)

Head Coach: Bobby Petrino 4th year(29-8)
Returning Starters: Offense 8; Defense 9
Returning Lettermen: 53 ( 23 offense, 26 defense, 4 specialists)
Lettermen Lost: 13 (6 offense, 7 defense)
Offense: Multiple Set
Defense: 4-3

Offensive Returning Leaders:

Passing- Brian Brohm- 207-301, 2,883 yds, 19 TD, 5 INT
Rushing- Michael Bush- 205 carries, 1,143 yds, 23 TD
Receiving- Mario Urrutia- 37 catches, 797 yds, 7 TD

Offensive Strengths: It all starts in the backfield with Heisman candidates in QB Brian Brohm and RB Michael Bush. Bush is backed up by running backs Kolby Smith and George Stripling who are talented enough to start at most schools. At receiver, Mario Urrutia is returning from a huge season and will have plenty support with speedster Harry Douglas, and transfers Pat White and Chris Vaughn.

Offensive Concerns: The Cards lost three key linemen to graduation in Travis Leffew, Jason Spitz, and tackle Jeremy Darveau. Massive Renardo Foster who stands at 6'7 322lbs returns after a knee injury has sidelined him the past two seasons. The line must break in some new starters, and may need a few games to form some cohesiveness amongst each other.

Defensive Returning Leaders:

Tackles- Nate Harris- 66
Sacks- Nate Harris- 7
INT- Jon Russell-2

Defensive Strengths: Nate Harris returns to anchor the linebacking corps after coming on strong to end the season. Malik Jackson and Abe Brown are veterans that will make plenty of plays with their sizzling speed. The Cardinals return the entire secondary and will be lead by corner Rod Council who had a productive freshman season. A lot of depth is available in the second level of defense.

Defensive Concerns: Sack king Elvis Dumervil and massive DT Montavious Stanley are no longer wearing red. There is talent on the defensive line that saw spot duty last season, although it must prove it is ready for the spotlight.

Projected Depth Chart:

Offense:(Starters In Bold)

QB 12 Brian Brohm 6-4, 224, Jr.
14 Hunter Cantwell 6-4, 223, So.
5 Bill Ashburn 6-4, 215, So.
4 Patrick Carter 6-3, 199, Jr.

RB 19 Michael Bush 6-3, 250, Sr.
33 Kolby Smith 5-11, 215, Sr.
30 George Stripling 6-0, 190, So.
32 Brock Bolen 6-0, 237, So.

FB 47 Deriontae Taylor 5-8, 244, Sr.
49 Joe Tronzo 5-10, 245, r-Fr.

WRX 7 Mario Urruttia 6-6, 228, So.
84 Scott Long 6-2, 210, r-Fr.
3 Trent Guy 5-9, 165, r-Fr.

WRZ 85 Harry Douglas 5-11, 170, Jr.
15 Chris Vaughn 6-3, 220, So.
29 Elijah Daniel 5-11, 191, So.

WRW 80 Jimmy Riley 6-1, 212, Sr.
4 Patrick Carter 6-3, 199, Jr.
87 Corey Thompson 5-11, 182, So.

TE 82 Gary Barnidge 6-6, 236, Jr.
81 Scott Kuhn 6-5, 251, Jr.
44 Careg Bonner 6-4, 244, r-Fr.

WT 69 Marcel Benson 6-6, 18, Jr. OR
72 Breno Giacomini 6-7, 290, Jr.

WG 68 George Bussey 6-4, 280-, So.
63 Danny Barlow 6-5 290, JR
66 Michael Donoghue 6-3, 300, r-Fr.

C 77 Eric Wood 6-4, 296, So.
53 Michael Sturgeon 6-4, 298, Sr.

SG 76 Kurt Quarterman 6-5, 336, Sr.
64 Devon May 6-4, 292, Jr.
73 Josh Deer 6-4, 302, Jr.

ST 71 Marcus Gordon 6-6, 317, Jr.
79 Renardo Foster 6-7, 322, Sr.

Defense: (Starters in Bold)

DE 96 Zach Anderson 6-4, 268, Sr.
95 Maurice Mitchell 6-3, 277, So.
99 Josh Williams 6-3, 247, Jr.

DT 94 Adrian Grady 6-2, 292, So.
92 Willie Williams 6-4, 310, Jr.

DT 91 Amobi Okoye 6-1, 312, Sr.
57 Earl Heyman 6-3, 282, So.
93 L.D. Scott 6-2, 262, r-Fr.

DE 88 Brandon Cox 6-4, 253, Jr.
98 Jonathan Holston 6-6, 239, r-Fr.
56 Michael Adams 6-3, 248, r-Fr.

SLB 11 Malik Jackson 6-2, 231, Jr.
46 Terrance Butler 6-3, 222, Jr.
42 Chase Floyd 6-1, 225, So.

MLB 10 Nate Harris 6-1, 236, Sr.
22 Lamar Myles 6-0, 216, So.
52 Mozell Axson 6-1, 226, So.

WLB 43 Abe Brown 6-4, 230, Sr.
6 Preston Smith 6-1, 220, Jr.

LCB 14 Rod Council 5-11, 189, So
27 Gavin Smart 5-9, 192, Sr.
25 E.K. Sawyerr 6-0, 177, r-Fr.

SS 13 Jonathan Russell 5-10, 194, So.
29 Deon Palmer 5-10, 200, r-Fr.
31 Darius Mann 5-11, 202, r-Fr.

FS 35 Brandon Sharp 5-11, 195, Sr.
2 Richard Raglin 6-2, 185, So.
23 Stephen Garr 6-1, 198, r-Fr.

RCB 21 William Gay 5-11, 184, Sr.
34 Bobby Buchanan 5-11, 188, So.
1 Travis Norton 6-0, 186, So.

SPECIALISTS

PK 18 Arthur Carmody 5-8, 181, Jr.
36 Todd Flannery 6-0, 170, Jr.

P 36 Todd Flannery 6-0, 170, Jr.
30 Gabe Mullane, 6-1, 171, RFr.

KR 85 Harry Douglas 5-11, 170, Jr.
26 JaJuan Spillman 5-10, 160, Fr.
28 Sergio Spencer 5-10, 187, So.

PR 4 Patrick Carter 6-3, 199, Jr.
29 Elijah Daniel 5-11, 191, So.

Position Advantages:

Quarterback- Louisville
Running back-Louisville
Offensive Line- Kentucky
Wide Receiver- Louisville
Tight end- Louisville
Defensive Line-Kentucky
Linebackers-Kentucky
Secondary-Louisville
Kicking-Louisville
Kick Return-Kentucky
Intangibles- Louisville

No Fear Prediction: As much as I would like to pick the Cat's to win, Louisville is just too good playing at home. I think UK will give fans a lot to be excited about in future games in 2006, but the Cards are too deep and talented for the Wildcats to pull the upset.

Louisville 41
Kentucky 28

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