University of Louisville tight end Cole Hikutini plans on doing big things in his senior season.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound explosive offensive weapon for the Cardinals had a solid season - 19 catches for 348 yards and three touchdowns - in his first year at U of L. But the former junior-college standout was healthy all spring, had a sensational spring game and the prospects are high for this player in the upcoming season.
"He's a weapon," U of L quarterback Lamar Jackson said of Hikutini. "He’s a big guy. People think he’s slow but he’s got moves and he’s got speed. He's a big weapon for us."
A former signee at Sacramento State, Hikutini played one season at City College of San Francisco and looked like he was headed to Purdue until Louisville jumped late into his recruitment.
Hikutini signed with the Cardinals, enrolled and played in 11 games last season. He was injured in spring and also suffered an injury in the season opener against Auburn. But he had 14 of his 19 catches in the final five games.
"It was tough early," he said. "I definitely was flustered. I found myself kind of second-guessing myself and not playing as fast as I wanted to. Toward the end of the season, I got the hang of things, the speed of the game, got the playbook down.
"It was a lot of fun to get adjusted."
The coaches raved about Hikutini this spring and he looked great in the spring game, finishing with four catches for 75 yards and two TDs. Hikutini said he used this spring season to take care of his body, maturing, and doing what he needs to do to ensure no injuries.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino speaks on the offense and notes on Hikutini being a “great weapon” in his arsenal coming into this season.
"He runs really good routes, and has good hands," Petrino said. "He controls his body well, in and out of breaks without slowing down, and makes adjustments to the ball in the air."
Hikutini could be a major weapon for the Cardinals' this coming season.