Ex-Gators shook off rust to help the Cards

Gerald Christian and Robert Clark have been solid additions to the University of Louisville offense after sitting out last season. But for both the transition back into football was not an easy one. Cardinal Authority spoke with the former Florida transfers about their first season with the Cardinals.

Robert Clark didn't realize how much rust he would have to shake off his game and Gerald Christian is the same way looking back at the early season.

The two University of Louisville junior football players have been key contributors this season after sitting out a year ago, following their transfer from the University of Florida two years ago.

"It took us a while," Christian says with a smile.

Christian, a tight end, and Clark, a wide receiver, have both played in all 12 games but have showed marked improvement late in the season.

And there's a reason.

"It was a year and a half, almost two years since I played," Christian said. "That's a long time without football. There was a little rust I had to get off before I could get into the flow of things. It just took a little while."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Christian has 26 catches for 401 yards – a 15.4 yard average per catch – and four touchdowns. He's had a catch in all but one game – Houston – and his best game was five catches for 74 yards against EKU.

Christian's longest TD snag was a 69-yarder at South Florida.

"I feel like I have had a productive year, but there's still a lot of room for improvement," he said. "I feel good about this year.

"I feel like things will only get better from here. Next year, I really feel like I should have a great year."

Christian did start 10 of the 12 games at tight end, while the 5-9, 182-pound Clark only started one game and split time with Eli Rogers.

But still, Clark has 23 catches for 209 yards and one touchdown. He's averaging 9.1 yards a catch and has caught a pass in all but two games.

"It's just very different when you are in games," Clark said. "You lose a little of the technique and just how the game feels. It was hard to adjust back.

"I was pleased with the year, but I can do better."

Clark also said he felt like after another full spring practice and fall camp that he would have his breakout season as a senior.

"Next year is going to be big for me," he said. "It will be big for me."

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