Towbridge focused on being great

University of Louisville sophomore tight end Keith Towbridge will play a large role in the Cardinals offense this fall.

University of Louisville tight end Keith Towbridge spent his first season as a Cardinal working as a backup and logging time with the special teams unit. The sophomore will fill a much larger role this fall.

At 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, Towbridge couples the size that defensive lineman with the ability to make big plays in the passing game.

Traditionally, tight ends his size will spend much of their time providing protection for the quarterback or making a block to spring a running back free, but Towbridge has proven effective running routes and catching passes throughout fall camp.

“Towbridge has really improved since spring,” U of L head coach Bobby Petrino said. “His ability to block. His toughness has really improved since spring, which we really need.”

A product of Toledo (Oh.) Central High School, Towbridge is driven to improve and wears a wristband for constant motivation. The wristband, now a replica of the original, was originally found discarded on the ground and bears the message, 'Don't Settle – Be Great!'.

He continue to get better, Towbridge turns to those around him for guidance.

“I'm learning from Gerald, I'm learning from my coaches and continuing to be coachable,” he explained. “Gerald is great tight end, so I'm learning a lot right now.”

Towbridge ranked among the nation's top 50 tight end prospects as a high school senior in 2012.

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