Fall Camp: Tinch emerging as big-time playmaker

<b>FALL CAMP</b> -- WR Joshua Tinch had an excellent rookie season in 2002, catching 33 passes for 423 yards and 4 touchdowns. Tinch appears to be emerging as a big time receiving threat and spoke with ITV following practice on Friday.

Tinch shows improvement

Wide receiver Joshua Tinch came to UofL in 2001 as a two sport standout from Albany (GA) Westover High School.  Tinch caught 50 passes for 1,112 and 10 touchdowns as a junior at Westover and was ranked by most basketball recruiting anaylsts as one of the nation's top 100 prospects after averaging nearly 20 points and 13 rebounds as a senior.

Tinch, who chose the Cards over Tennessee, Colorado, Alabama and Seton Hall, had an excellent first season catching the ball in 2002 after sitting out his freshman season to fulfill prop. 48 guidelines.  Last season as a rookie, the athletic receiver, caught 33 passes for 423 yards and 4 TD's.  Tinch was also a key contributor in the Cards victory over 4th ranked Florida State last September, hauling in 4 receptions for 93 yards and one touchdown.

After an unspectacular spring, Tinch now appears to be emerging as a major playmaker for the Cardinal offense.  Through two days of fall camp, Tinch has caught nearly every pass thrown his way and has made several spectacular and athletic catches in the open field.

"Tinch has had two really good practices..he's been very impressive," Head Coach Bob Petrino told the media on Saturday.

Following Friday's practice session, Tinch spoke with ITV about his improvement and the upcoming season.

Joshua Tinch (AP) 

Q: What have you focused on during the offseason to improve your game?

Tinch:  You just want to get things done. To win the conference championship this football team is going to have to start making plays. The receivers are going to have to start making plays, the quarterbacks are going to have to make plays, everybody even the defense. I have worked hard all summer with the drilling machine, with my footwork and running better routes.

Q: How do you feel the quarterbacks are progressing?

Tinch:  They are all coming along well. There is so much we all have to learn this year with the new system. I think we probably have more plays then any team in the country. Thing are going real fast and we are trying to get in as much as we can in practice and meetings.

Q:  How have you adjusted to the new offense?

Tinch:   I have picked it up over the summer. I came in right after basketball, so I missed like 4 months of learning. Guys were already ahead of me, so I worked real hard this spring and summer, now it feels good to me.

Q:  Looks like you may have lost a little weight. Are you the same size as last season?

Tinch:  Yeah, but I am just a little stronger. I have bulked up a little, but I am basically the same as last year.

Q:  What's your current height and weight?

Tinch:   About 6-2 215.

If the improvement Joshua Tinch has made is any indication of the rest of the team, Louisville football fans are in for a real treat this season. Tinch also told ITV that he plans on playing basketball for Coach Pitino again this winter.

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