Louisville football honors 20 seniors

Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the 20 seniors on the University of Louisville football team. The Cardinals will honor the seniors before Saturday's noon game against Memphis. Here's a closer look:

Mike Addesa

5-11, 204, LB

Addesa is a walk-on from Meade County High School who will go through the Senior Day ceremony with the University of Louisville.

Anthony Branch

5-10, 180, CB

A walk-on from Manual High School, Branch has been a four-year guy on the team and has been a vital scout team performer for the Cardinals.

Preston Brown

6-0, 260, LB

Brown was committed to Cincinnati when U of L coach Charlie Strong took the job but the coach looks back and says, "he bought into what we wanted and we're so glad he came along with us." Brown has turned into the best – and most consistent – defensive player in the program. He has led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons after finishing second with 84 as a sophomore. He had 109 as a junior and this season has 71 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Brown has 277 tackles for his career at U of L, including 19.5 tackles for a loss.

QUOTE: "It should be a good time and we want to put on a good show for the fans. The first time I stepped on the field, I gave up a touchdown against UK. So, I have to make up for that in the last time I step on the field.

B.J. Butler

6-2, 275, TE-FB

Butler played on the defensive side of the ball until the latter part of last season when he was moved tight end because of injuries. He found a home there and finished his career on the offensive side of the ball. Butler only has two carries for seven yards and one catch for 17 yards this season. The native of Kissimmee, Fla., had his best moment when he hauled in a 23-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl and nearly scored a touchdown. Butler started 11 games during his career.

QUOTE: "Emotions are high right now. I can't believe that it's finally over and I want to go out with a big bang this year for my senior game. In the previous years, we haven't won a senior game yet, so I at least want to get the tradition started by winning the senior game for my senior year."

Jarrett Davis

5-9, 172, WR

Davis is a wide receiver that several U of L coaches figured to be a surprise player this season but he was injured late in fall camp. Davis has been a solid player during his career and has 19 catches for 156 yards in four years. Seven of those catches came as a freshman and the other 12 as a sophomore.

QUOTE: "It feels like we just got here and now we are seniors. Time flies. My best memory is my sophomore year, the Marshall game. We lost that game but that was one of my best performances."

Brandon Dunn

6-3, 300, DT

The Pleasure Ridge Park High School graduate didn't have an offer until Strong came to U of L and it turns out that was a great move on the coaching staffs part. Dunn is the anchor in the middle of the defensive line. He has 83 tackles, including 26 this season. He'll play at the next level.

QUOTE: "It's going to be rough, it's going to be real emotional. I've had a lot of good times here and played with a lot of good brothers."

Ryan Hubbell

6-5, 227, TE

In two years since coming from Iowa Western Community College, Hubbell has been a key part of the Cardinals' offense. He has 11 catches for 194 yards this season and 25 catches for 433 yards and two TDs in two years. Hubbell is also known for his blocking and will try to make it at the next level.

QUOTE: "It's been a great two years. Knowing I am done with college football is going to make it tough."

Senorise Perry

6-0, 187, RB

Perry has been a four-year standout at the running back position for the Cardinals and enters senior day with 1,231 yards and 18 touchdowns. As a freshman, Perry appeared in 10 games on special teams but played 13 games and ran 12 times for 27 yards as a sophomore. He was the leading rusher last season until he suffered a season-ending knee injury against Syracuse. He rushed for 705 yards and 11 TDs. Perry was the starter early this season and is still getting plenty of reps. He has 499 yards and six TDs.

QUOTE: "I try not to think about it as much because I am going to miss all of these players out here. I will miss it."

Stephan Robinson

5-10, 165, CB

The former Central High School standout wide receiver was a defensive back at U of L and is expected to go through the ceremony. Robinson has 16 tackles in 17 career games with the Cardinals and started one time as a freshman.

Deon Rogers

6-2, 195, LB

A former three-star prospect, Rogers has been a special teams performer and reserve linebacker throughout his career. Rogers has played 46 games during his career and has 10.5 tackles this season. On his four-year career, Rogers has 36.5 tackles, including one tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.

QUOTE: "When I first got here we were 7-6 and its amazing how far we've come from the Beef O'Brady Bowl to the Sugar Bowl last year," Rogers told Cardinal Authority. "It's been amazing strides and shows that all the hard work that we've done is paying off."

Marcus Smith

6-2, 256, DE

Smith came to Louisville as a quarterback and his move to defensive end has been well documented this season. He's turned into one of the top defensive ends in the country, leading the country with 11.5 sacks as a senior. Smith is fourth on the team with 34 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for a loss, 11 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Smith has 30.5 tackles for a loss and 21 sacks during his four-year career.

QUOTE: "I will (be emotional) because I have been with these guys for four years and they have my back. The coaches coached me up, even when I was not doing the best. Senior Day will be special."

Titus Teague

5-11, 170, DB

Teague was mainly a special teams player during his time at U of L. He graduated last December and hasn't been with the team this season but is expected to be honored with the class.

Alex Witcpalek

5-11, 186, S

U of L coach Charlie Strong said Witcpalek, who is from Oswego, Ill., was working in the video room when he took the job. He said Witcpalek told him he wanted to be a player and then walked on. Strong called him a "guy who gives it all he has every day," and noted he's a key scout team perfomer.

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