Former QB switches positions at 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 78 days before the game and we look at Louisville's updated roster and a new position for one of the Cardinals' former quarterbacks.

The list of potential quarterbacks battling for the starting spot at the University of Louisville is one fewer.

U of L junior Pat Thomas, who enrolled with the Cardinals prior to last season, is now listed as a wide receiver on the new roster posted by the school on its website.

Thomas told Cardinal Authority during an interview in the spring that he was hoping "to do anything the coaches" wanted him to do in order to try and get on the field. It appears that means switch positions.

Thomas, who originally committed to UAB when U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was the head coach, didn't appear in a game last season for the Cardinals. He spent all season and all spring working with the quarterbacks.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Thomas took fourth-string reps this spring. He would have likely been behind Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, Tyler Ferguson, Lamar Jackson and Will Gardner this fall.

After McGee left UAB, Thomas stayed in contact with him and he had also been recruited by U of L coach Bobby Petrino when he was the head coach at Western Kentucky.

Thomas helped guide Georgia Military to the NJCAA national championship in 2013 where his team fell to East Mississippi. He threw for 1,695 yards and 17 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 2013.

The only other major change on the roster is the removal of defensive lineman Tae Thibodeaux, a freshman who was injured all of last season and left the team during spring ball.


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