Thomas gives the Cards another OL option

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 80 days before the game and we look at another Louisville newcomer - Kenny Thomas.

The University of Louisville has a lot of playing time available on the offensive line this fall.

The Cardinals had a productive spring campaign and coach Bobby Petrino said they made "a lot of big strides," but there's still work to do heading into the fall camp.

And there are some newcomers to throw into the mix.

One newcomer who could see some playing time is Prattville, Ala., massive offensive lineman Kenny Thomas, who was one of the last commitments in the Class of 2015 for the Cardinals.

"My game has improved so much since last year," Thomas said. "I just want to compete. I want to show how much it's improved."

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Thomas is a longtime friend of U of L tight end Charles Standberry and said playing on the same team as his family friend and for coach Chris Klenakis was "a big reason," he picked U of L.

"I pride myself in protecting the quarterback," he said. "I want to make sure we're good on the line."

Thomas was ranked as the No. 68 offensive guard in the country and No. 4 in Alabama. He's a guy who could see some time with a solid fall camp this season.

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