Future Cardinals React

Members of the 2013 recruiting class talk with Cardinal Authority about Louisville's dominating performance over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Louisville's resounding 33-23 win over third-ranked Florida in Wednesday night's Allstate Sugar Bowl has raised the awareness and excitement for Cardinal football to an all-time high.

The members of the 2013 recruiting class are among the many that are expressing their excitement for the program's historic victory over the Gators.

"I watched the whole thing, from beginning to end," said Richard Benjamin, a Scout.com 3-star prospect. "They played great."

The Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech defensive back, who was a recent MVP for his three interception performance in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star game, was impressed by the play of the Cardinals defense.

"That was huge," he said of Terrel Floyd's pick six to start the game.

Benjamin described the Cardinals performance in the Sugar Bowl as a statement game.

"That proved that we can play with anybody, from any conference. Louisville has the talent level that is as good or better than anybody."

Future Cardinal signal-caller Kyle Bolin felt the team was poised for a big game.

"I wasn't really that surprised," he said. "I knew that the team had that type of game in them."

Bolin, who watched the game with his father and brother at a Lexington area restaurant, believes the moment that Charlie Strong turned down an offer to become head coach at Tennessee, was one that took the Louisville program to another level.

"When Charlie Strong turned down Tennessee to stay at Louisville, it made everyone believe that they are a team that can go out there and kick butt and that's what they did," said the Scout.com four-star quarterback.

Finesse Middleton, a 3-star pass rush specialist, is looking forward to the increased attention for the Louisville program.

"We proved a lot of people wrong," he said on Friday. "It shocked a lot of people. It's going to bring even more attention to the program to see what's next."

For Middleton, who begins classes at U of L this month, the possibility of playing next year for the Sugar Bowl champion Cardinals, equals increased responsibility.

"Seeing what those guys did and knowing that we'll have bigger crowds and more national attention, that's a big responsibility for me."

Chandler Bridges, a three-star offensive lineman from Flowery Branch, Georgia agrees.

"Going into the game everyone doubted us," he told Cardinal Authority. "That game proves that Louisville can play with anybody and it brings in a whole new era for Louisville football."

Bridges watched the game with his family and was ready to make the move to Louisville as soon as the game ended.

"I told my dad to pack the car, I'm ready to go," he said.

Louisville currently has 11 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class, with the last five pledges coming since the Cardinals claimed a spot in a BCS bowl. National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 6.


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