The University of Louisville wide receiver group looks a lot different this season.
There's no DeVante Parker, who is with the Miami Dolphins, and the Cardinals' also lost several other key targets from the past few years. But coach Lamar Thomas said he's still excited about this group.
"Now, some other guys are getting their opportunity and they are excited for it," wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas said. "But the good thing is they're working hard. They really are."
While there's no Parker in the mix, junior James Quick is the leader and expected to be a standout. UAB transfer Jamari Staples and Texas A&M transfer JaQuay Savage are two guys who are also expected to make a lot of plays.
Sophomore Javonte Bagley is also expected to challenge for snaps, while Pat Thomas has switched form quarterback and walk-on Dontez Byrd has shown he can compete with the others.
Thomas also has true freshmen Treveon Samuel, Emonee Spence, Devante Peete and Jaylen Smith.
"I told the younger guys who are going to get their opportunities to ‘Buckle up. Be ready'," Thomas said last week. "A lot of these kids are getting baptism by fire. In high school they didn’t get yelled at that much. They probably let things slide a little bit. But to make them better, they have to be able to expect and understand that you’re going to get constructive criticism."Everything is happening a lot faster. And the competition is a lot better. They have to learn that the way they did things in high school, they’ve got to throw that out the window. You’ve got to turn it up a little bit."
The Cardinals have finished 14 days of fall camp.
Here's a video from Cardinal Authority previewing the position battle: