Hunter a newcomer on the line to watch

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 64 days before the game and here's a look at a new offensive lineman - Khalil Hunter - who could help out the Cardinals rotation.

The University of Louisville football staff will be looking for a few newcomers to step up on the offensive line this fall.

The Cardinals must replace three graduating seniors and the being thin on depth, the line is the place where most of the worries are heading into the year.

But a player who could help relieve some of those pressures is Khalil Hunter, a transfer from Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Ariz.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Hunter comes to U of L with two years of eligibility remaining and ranked as one of the top 100 JUCO players in the country last season. He was tabbed at No. 83 by Scout.com.

Hunter enrolled in January and participated in spring ball.

”I like Khalil a lot,” U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “He came in and worked hard and I think he took a step forward in the spring.”

At Eastern Arizona, Hunter was named a second-team JUCO All-American and bring a big, athletic body to the Cardinals front line.

Hunter rotated into several positions in the spring, including center.

”He’s a very competitive kid,” McGee said. “And he will be able to play a lot of positions for us. We just have to get him on the same page as the others.

”But we like Khalil a whole lot.”


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