It wasn't a pretty game for the University of Louisville football team in a 34-31 loss to Houston on Saturday. But for redshirt freshman tight end Micky Crum it wasn't all bad because he had a breakout performance.
Crum saw his first real glance at what it takes to make it in college football and he definitely didn’t disappoint the Louisville fans.
The 6-foot-4, 257-pound Crum was a three-star prospect coming out of Hamilton Township High in Columbus, Ohio, but came to U of L prior to last season and redshirted during his first season on campus.
Now, Crum is starting to make a name for himself with the U of L fans. Crum finished the game against Houston with six catches for 103 yards and one touchdown in his first game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"I hate to lose but it felt amazing," Crum said. "I feel real comfortable in there."
Crum became the first freshman at U of L with at least 100 yards receiving in a game since Mario Urrutia had 138 yards on four catches against Florida Atlantic in 2005. His first TD was a 29-yard strike from Kyle Bolin in the fourth quarter.
Moving forward in his career, Crum said the big game will help with his confidence in the offense.
"It gets a lot of pressure off of me," he said. "I feel like I’ve been there and done it now.”
Crum hooked up with Bolin on four catches and it seemed like the Bolin-to-Crum connection was a nice combo for the Cardinals. Crum said he was excited for Bolin, who is a "kid with a big heart."
"I just knew with him in there we were going to keep the ball rolling," Crum said. "I mean we have four great quarterbacks, they could throw anybody in there."
While it's just the beginning of Crum's career at U of L, the tight end said he hopes to use his size and ability to draw mismatches to become one of the go-to young guys for the Cardinals.