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Cardinals Authority provides a closer look at the Louisville wide receiver position

Cardinal Authority is running a position series as a preseason football feature to help you get familiar with the entire University of Louisville roster. Our latest installment provides a look at the Cardinals wide receivers.


New Louisville Cardinals wide receiver coach and co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway has a crowded meeting room. Not only does Galloway have 14 wide receivers in the room, but most of them are legit players.

Galloway said recently that his current group is as deep as he's ever coached. He came to U of L after a stint at West Virginia.

"I didn’t know what I was getting into (before taking the job)," Galloway said. "I left a great group of wideouts at West Virginia but I’m ready to go to war with these guys. As a whole, our group of receivers here are as good as I’ve been a part of."

Quarterback Lamar Jacksons said he has "so many weapons to work with," noting more than a dozen guys could make plays.

Seniors Jamari Staples and James Quick will lead the way for the Cardinals after combining for 1,262 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Quick had a team-high 39 catches for 624 yards and five TDs.

Junior Reggie Bonnafon was the starting quarterback for the Cardinals to begin last season before finishing up as a multi-purpose back. He's added strength but lost about 15 pounds and is now a wide receiver.

Speedy sophomore Traveon Samuel had 18 catches last season, while sophomore Jaylen Smith had 29 catches for 376 yards and Devante Peete added 12 catches and had a touchdown in the opener last season. Junior JaQuay Savage is another talented prospect.

But that's not all for the weapons. Emonee Spence is another sophomore with a lot of talent, while junior Javonte Bagley and senior Pat Thomas have both shown major improvement in the spring and now into fall camp.


Reggie Bonnafon, Junior

Well, Bonnafon has found a position and now the expectations are through the roof.

One person around the program told Cardinal Authority that Bonnafon could be the guy who leads the teams in receptions, while during the open practices he was the player getting  ton of looks.

After starting the opener at quarterback, Bonnafon was all over the field a year ago. He rushed for 174 yards and caught 10 passes for 105 yards. He played wide receiver as a junior at Trinity High School.

Expect a big season folks.


Emonee Spence, Sophomore

While he appeared in seven games and had one catch for seven yards as a true freshman, Emonee Spence is a wide receiver who has drawn rave reviews in fall camp. He had a solid spring but has really played well in fall camp.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Spence is a great route runner and has good speed.

Spence is a talented prospect who is fighting for snaps but should get more this season.


----Savage is a former Texas A&M transfer who had 12 catches for 135 yards in his first season for U of L.

----Samuel will be used some out of the backfield from two-back sets and is also a top kick and pun returner for the Cardinals.

----Thomas is also a former quarterback. He spent last season at wide receiver but is just getting adjusted to the new position.

----Incoming freshmen Seth Dawkins, Dez Fitzpatrick and Keion Wakefield have all had their moments when the coaches have given them praise during the fall camp. Dawkins is also an excellent returner and could play this season.

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