Hurtt leaves Cardinals for NFL position

Clint Hurtt announced on Thursday that he is leaving the University of Louisville for the NFL

Coach Clint Hurtt is heading to the league. Clint Hurtt, who was retained by newly hired head coach Bobby Petrino, coached Louisville's defensive line coach, while also serving as recruiting coordinator during much of his four seasons with the Cardinals. He was the last remaining coach on staff that worked under Charlie Strong. Hurtt played a significant role in the Cardinals defensive line performance, which included the nation's leading sack artist in Marcus Smith this past season. He was also viewed as a recruiting wizard and played a key role in landing a number of U of L's talent under Strong.

"I want to thank Tom Jurich, Bobby Petrino, and President James Ramsey for their support during this process," Hurtt said. "I truly looked forward to working with Bobby Petrino at Louisville, but I feel this is a great opportunity. Tom is always going to be important to me and my family. He stuck with me through the toughest of times, and I will always appreciate his support for me and my family.

"I will always love the University of Louisville and will always miss the city and be grateful for the opportunity to coach here. My ambition is to build a career in the NFL. I made a mark in recruiting and coaching at the collegiate level, but I think I can improve my career and begin a new one in the NFL."

Now the University of Miami graduate is taking his talents to the National Football League. He was one of the primary recruiters on the Charlie Strong staff and was responsible for landing the following players during his time spent in Louisville.

Teddy Bridgewater
Brandon Radcliff
Lamar Atkins
Eli Rogers
John Miller
Nacho Garcia
Pedro Sibiea
Finesse Middleton
B.J. Dubose
Kyle Shortridge
DeAsian Richardson
Keith Brown
James Burgess
Stacy Thomas
Gerod Holliman
Andrew Johnson
Chucky Williams
Terrell Floyd
Jermaine Reve
Charles Gaines

In addition to landing those players he was instrumental in landing more than a few key members of this program such as.

Lorenzo Mauldin
Sheldon Rankins
DeAngelo Brown
Deiontrez Mount

Coach Hurtt was responsible for the defensive line, a unit that had 137 sacks over the last four seasons, the No 10 ranked & No 1 ranked rush defense over that same time span. During each season spent coaching the defensive line, the Cardinals finished in the top 25 in total defense and held claim to the 2013 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-American Marcus Smith.

"We wish Clint nothing but the best," Petrino said. "He is a very good young coach and I am sure he will continue to do great things in the NFL."

Hurtt also played a large role during the head coach transition in keeping a number of the current players on the team.

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