Staples fits in well 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 66 days before the game and we take a look at how new wide receiver Jamari Staples - a transfer from UAB - might fit in with the Cardinals.

Louisville offensive coordinator Garrick McGee knew he had to try and get Jamari Staples on his team again when UAB disbanded its football program.

Staples had been recruited by McGee to UAB and was a standout freshman in the last season McGee was the head coach of the Blazers.

But after his sophomore season, UAB folded its football program and Staples needed a home. He ended up picking U of L over Auburn.

”Staples can play,” McGee said. “I knew that and I’m glad we were able to get him here because he’s going to be a big addition. He’ll really help us out.

”He’s a big, physical kid and runs really good routes.”

Staples enrolled back in January and participated in spring ball with the Cardinals. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

A native of Lineville, Ala., Staples had nearly 500 yards as a true freshman in McGee’s system at UAB. He had just over 100 last season in a year where he was hampered by injuries. He led the Blazers as a freshman in catches.

Staples is a key player at U of L because of the loss of so many top receivers. He’s one of at least five newcomers expected to see action.

”We have to clean up a few things in the fall with his fundamentals, like everyone, but he’s going to be good in the system,” McGee said. “He’s a really talented kid and he’s such a hard worker.

”We’re going to need him this season.”

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