The University of Louisville football program signed a stellar class of recruits last February.
Those players have now been through a fall camp and the Cardinals are preparing for the Sept. 1 opener against Charlotte.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino has mentioned several true freshmen that could see the field this fall. Cardinal Authority looks at five freshmen that could make an impact.
Seth Dawkins, WR - Dawkins likely won't see a ton of reps at wide receiver because of the depth at the position, but he's an electric kickoff returner and could find his way into the mix on special teams. Petrino called the 6-foot-3 Dawkins a "really, really special returner." Traveon Samuel was used as a freshman in the return game last season. Petrino seems likely to give Dawkins a shot and the coach said: "he's big, fast, and he's really good at it. I know that when he catches that kickoff and hits the stride, he's going to make a lot of big plays for us."
Austin Johnson, Punter - The DeSales High School product had a great first week or so of camp and then Petrino said he tired out a bit but is still in the mix for the punting position with redshirt freshman Mason King. Johnson has a quick release and really good hang time on his punts, but needs to be more consistent for the staff to give him a shot.
Jawon Pass, Quarterback - The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Pass finished fall camp with a bang, battling Kyle Bolin for the backup position at quarterback. We're guessing that Bolin will be the backup but still believe Pass will see some time this season as a true freshman. And if he gets in there, Pass will produce for the Cardinals.
Robbie Bell, Center - Bell has been really good in his first fall camp and is battling for the backup spot at the center position. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Bell is physical and a very good technique guy. He's the center of the future for the program.
P.J. Blue, Safety - While most of the true freshmen on the defensive side of the ball will redshirt, Blue has a chance to play for the Cardinals in the secondary. He's big, fast and physical. He'll be a hard-hitting star in the future for the Cardinals.