It was a stellar weekend for the University of Louisville football program as a school record three players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Including Preston Brown, who was taken in the third round, and four who signed Free Agent contracts, the Cardinals program placed 8 former players in the NFL over the weekend.
Louisville's presence in the draft could have been even deeper had wide receiver DeVante Parker opted to leave for pro ball following a stellar junior season. Less than a week after tying his career-high with 9 receptions for 142 yards and a memorable touchdown in U of L's 36-9 victory over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Parker announced that he would return for his final year of eligibility to further enhance his draft stock.
His return cements his place as one of the college football's top receivers and ensures that the U of L record books will need frequent updating this fall.
"There isn't anybody better to throw to," quarterback Will Gardner said during spring camp. "Best receiver in the country."
Last fall, Parker started all 12 games and led the team with 885 receiving yards, while his dozen touchdowns tied the school single-season record. Already creeping up the school record book in a number of categories, working in the more explosive Bobby Petrino offense should help the product of Louisville Ballard establish a number of new career bests.
Here's a look at where Parker currently stands in the school record books:
|Career Receptions||(needs 22 to join Top 10)||113||Arnold Jackson (299)|
|Receiving Yards/Season||10th||885 (2013)||Harry Douglas (1,265)|
|Receiving Yards/Career||10th||1,920||Arnold Jackson (3,670)|
|Receiving Tds/Season||1st (tied)||12||Tied with Ibn Green|
|Receiving Tds/Career||3rd||28||Ibn Green (33)|
|Yards per Catch/Career||6th||16.9||Mike Dennis (21.2)|