Louisville - 5 Freshmen to Watch

The University of Louisville football program signed a stellar class of recruits last February. Those players have now been through a fall camp and some participated in spring drills. Charlie Strong expects a few to see the field this season. Cardinal Authority looks at five freshmen that could make an impact.

1. Keith Brown, 6-1, 229, LB

Brown was one of the centerpieces of the recruiting class and for a while was running with the first-team defense. He's listed as second team at middle linebacker but is likely to get a lot of action on Sunday. Brown is going to be a future star and it's likely you will get to see a glimpse of that this season.

2. James Burgess, 6-0, 210, LB

Burgess, like Keith Brown, enrolled in January and was able to participate in spring drills. Both guys have a jump on the others and Burgess has also drawn some rave reviews from the coaches during fall camp. He's listed at No. 2 behind Daniel Brown at weakside linebacker and will play a lot.

3. Josh Appleby, 6-3, 230, P

Appleby is listed as the starting punter for the Cardinals and could also be the kickoff guy. Charlie Strong said he isn't happy with where the special teams performance is in camp, so Appleby has to step up. He's going to get every opportunity and has a strong leg, so he should improve every time out.

4. Sheldon Rankins, 6-2, 280, DT

Several times during fall camp, defensive line coach Clint Hurtt was asked about the line and praised the progress of Rankins. He's listed at second team behind Roy Philon and you should expect to see #98 in the game on Sunday. He's a big, strong, physical player who only adds depth to the defensive line position.

5. Gerod Holliman, 6-0, 190, FS

Another talented youngster on defense, Holliman was a big-time pick up two years ago and spent a season at a prep school. Now, he comes in and is expected to add to the depth in the secondary. Expect to see him a lot, especially in the nickel package. He's a big-time talent and should make the DB position stronger.


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