The University of Louisville football spring game is set for Saturday. Cardinal Authority takes a look at five players who could be poised to have breakout performances after turning in big spring efforts.
1. Traveon Samuel, sophomore, wide receiver: Samuel has been generating the most hype by his teammates and the staff. Look for Bobby Petrino to use him in a wide-array of ways, including some out of the backfield. Sounds like Samuel is going to get 10-12 touches a game if the staff can work it out. I'd be shocked if he doesn't make a few big plays in the spring game.
2. Reggie Bonnafon, junior, athlete: I know it's hard to call him a breakout performer but I expect him to be just that - all over the field. It will be an early glimpse in the spring game to see a little of the variety of ways Petrino will use him. Won't be a lot of special teams, but Bonnafon will also be seeing time as the holder, kick returner and punt returner.
3. Charles Standberry, junior, tight end: Standberry caught the first TD pass of the season two years ago but ended up with just six catches as a sophomore. He's had a sensational spring and will get plenty of opportunities.
4. Jonathan Greenard, redshirt freshman, outside linebacker: The Hiram, Ga., product has looked fabulous this spring. He spent last year learning and watching and is ready to move into a key role. He'll get plenty of chances in the spring game because of injuries.
5. Dee Smith, sophomore, safety: Would have been a key player at the end of last season had it not been for injuries. Todd Grantham is raving about his ability and he's been really good this spring. Really good chance to be one of the best in the secondary.