ALERT: How many frosh could Louisville play?

The University of Louisville will have a bunch of true freshmen see the field in the opener against Auburn on Saturday in the Georgia Dome. Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling takes a look at just what the number of freshmen who play might be.

The University of Louisville football staff has been excited about the recruiting class the Cardinals signed in February for quite a while. And now the staff gets to put those players on the field.

But it could be a higher number than most expect.

"We have a lot of young guys who could see the field," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said in a recent interview. "I really like how those guys have some in and worked hard to try and get into the competition."

Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling projects at least 10 and perhaps 11 true freshmen could see the field when the Cardinals play Auburn on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

On the offensive side of the ball, tackle Geron Christian and guard Kenny Thomas could start for the Cardinals on the line and will be in the mix for playing time no matter what the starting up is for U of L.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson is likely to see some action, while four wide receivers - Treveon Samuel, Emonee Spence, Devante Peete and Jaylen Smith - are expected to play for the Cardinals.

Cornerback Jaire Alexander is battling for a starting spot on the defensive side of the ball, while safeties Dee Smith and Khane Pass are likely to be on special teams. Defensive lineman G.G. Robinson is also still battling for playing time.

U of L has not released a depth chart at this point.

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