Standberry a “really good option” for U of L

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 71 days before the game and we look at how moving Charles Standberry from tight end to more of a wide receiver will help the Cardinals.

Charles Standberry caught the very first touchdown pass of the season a year ago, hauling in a first-quarter pass against Miami.

Standberry finished his true freshman season with seven catches for 57 yards and two of those were for touchdowns.

Now, the U of L staff expects Standberry to play a bigger role.

While lined up as a tight end last season, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Standberry will be moved around by the staff this season. He’s list on the depth chart as a wide receiver, but could also play a little H-back.

”He’s a little bigger receiver,” offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “He should provide us with a few other options. He’s a bigger guy, so we can do some things with him and take advantage of his size.”

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Standberry played in 13 games last season and started for the Cardinals against Wake Forest.

McGee said unlike most receivers, Standberry will be one who almost always stays on the field – including running plays.

”What will be nice is that he’s actually a really good blocker and we’ll be able to run to his side some,” McGee said. “He’s one competitive guy and I like that.

”He’ll be a really good option for us on offense.”

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