Jamari Staples didn't know Lonnie Galloway prior to meeting him on Monday.
But when word broke last week that Galloway was leaving West Virginia to become the wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator at the University of Louisville, Staples said he smiled.
"When I heard West Virginia, I thought of Tavon Austin and Kevin White and Stedman Bailey," Staples said. "Tavon is one of my favorite receivers, so I knew he knew a lot about the receiving game. So I was excited."
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Staples is one of the top returning playmakers for the Cardinals. He said after two days of spring ball the Cardinals offense is "focused and ahead" of where they have been in the past.
Staples also said the adjustment to Galloway has been "just fine."
Galloway replaced Garrick McGee, who left two weeks ago for Illinois, and just arrived in Louisville last Friday. He met with the media on Monday and later in the day met his wide receivers for the first time.
The Cardinals practiced on Tuesday and on Wednesday.
"He's still learning (the names)," Staples said. "There's a lot of us, but it's been good. He's a really good coach. It will be fun. I know he has coached some really good guys in the past and I'm excited to work with him."
Staples, who played for McGee at UAB before transferring to U of L because of the coach, said he spoke with McGee after he took the position at Illinois and he was told to "keep grinding."
"It was a business decision," McGee said. "I've been doing good, so he just told me to keep getting better every day."
Staples said he and James Quick are the leaders of the receiving crop and noted they had to "make sure we all work hard every day," noting several younger guys are going to get more opportunities this season.
And he has high hopes for the Cardinals.
"This is definitely a championship team," he said. "There's no doubt about that."
Staples had 37 catches for 638 yards and three touchdowns a game as a junior, including nine catches for 194 yards and one TD in a game against Pittsburgh. He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and jumped 40.5 inches on vertical testing recently.
"I just have to go out and keep making plays," Staples said.