Young WRs at Louisville are 'special'

ATLANTA - The University of Louisville football team had some bright spots in a 31-24 loss to Auburn on Saturday night, including three true freshmen wide receivers who stepped up for the Cardinals.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino smiled one week into fall camp when a reporter asked him the question about what true freshmen might see the field this season.

"The young wide receivers are doing really well," Petrino said.

On the same day, U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee called the foursome of Traveon Samuel, Devante Peete, Emonee Spence and Jaylen Smith, "a very special group."

It didn't take very long for the group of wide receivers to prove it.

While Spence was injured and didn't play, the other receivers played a huge part in the U of L offensive attack in the 31-24 loss to Auburn in the opener on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

"It's a young group, there's no question about that," Petrino said. "They did get fatigued. We tried to rotate guys in and keep them as fresh as possible. I think it's going to be a really nice group of receivers."

The trio accounted for 116 of 167 passing yards for the Cardinals.

"There are some good (young) guys and we've been working hard in practice," freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson said. "We wanted to work hard to be able to show the coaches what we can do (as young guys)."

Peete led the way with three catches for 60 yards, while Smith had three catches for 34 yards - including a 16-yard catch on a third-and-eight in the first quarter. Samuel had one run for 21 yards and two catches for 22 yards.

Peete is a 6-foot-6 native of Pompano Beach, Fla., while Smith is a 6-4, 184-pounder from Pascagoula, Miss. and Samuel is 5-9 speedster from Phenix City, Ala.

The 6-foot-3 Spence missed the game because of a tight hamstring, according to Petrino.

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