Bailey will be a 'big help' for Louisville

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 86 days before the game and we look at another newcomer - Drew Bailey - and how he might help the Cardinals.

With almost a dozen new players participating in spring ball, it was easy for one of the newbies on the University of Louisville football roster to get a bit overshadowed.

And that's exactly what happened to Drew Bailey.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior-college defensive end finished with a solid spring and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Bailey could be a "big help" to the Cardinals depth.

"He's going to be a good one," Grantham said. "It was good for Drew because he got here and was able to go through spring ball and he got better each week we were out here."

Bailey, a product of Atlanta, Ga., Bannaker High School, attended Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Miss., and was one of the top players at his position in the junior-college ranks.

He led all Mississippi junior college programs with 10 sacks, to go with 22 tackles for a loss.

Bailey was listed as the back up left end - behind All-ACC performer Sheldon Rankins - in the last updated two-deep chart the school published. He's likely to see playing time in the same range that Pio Vatuvei did last season for the Cardinals.

"He's going to play, that's for sure," Grantham said.

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