All-Americans at UofL? Get used to it!

With the signing of Brian Brohm, U of L football has signed High School All-Americans in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever and Coach Bobby Petrino has a few words of advice...we need to get used to it.

The term All-American is often associated with University of Louisville athletics, most often with men's basketball. However, it is not a common title found in the bio's of past football commitments. The list is a short one and receiving commitments from such touted athletes is something that Louisville football fans aren't used to.


Michael Bush (ITV)
While it may not be exactly the case, it felt as if Cardinal fans instantly began to worry about receiving a commitment from All-American quarterback Brian Brohm who was a senior-to-be at Louisville Trinity, following the signing of All-American Michael Bush out of Louisville Male Traditional last winter.

Thankfully, the Louisville coaching staff didn't have the same concerns and was able to beat out the likes of Tennessee and Notre Dame for Brian Brohm.

With Brohm's commitment a few weeks ago and his signing of a Letter of Intent to play at the University of Louisville on Wednesday, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino has signed High School All-American's in back-to-back seasons, something never before accomplished at the school.

"I think one thing that we need to get used to here is signing All-Americans, so that we are the same way as the major players in college football," said Petrino on Wednesday.

The addition of Brohm also gives the Louisville football program something that seems usually reserved for the programs in the so-called upper echelon of college football; four High School All-American's poised to play significant roles on the offensive side of the ball.


Montrell Jones (ITV)
"What I am most excited about is on next years team we will have four of the best players, four All-Americans, from the State of Kentucky playing for us, with Eric Shelton, Montrell Jones, Michael Bush and now the addition of Brian Brohm," Petrino said. "That is something that we truly are proud to have."

With U of L gearing up for it's move into the Big East Conference and facing a more difficult schedule in 2005, the Cardinals appear to have the athletes that will allow them to begin reaching for loftier goals.

"That will be the core that will take us into the Big East Conference and to a BCS Bowl, which is one of our goals," continued Petrino.

Having four High School All-American's on the roster for the next few seasons will, without question, pave the way for continued success and achievements rarely accomplished on the gridiron at U of L, but it is only the beginning.

Louisville's goals, which annually consist of having a winning season, being conference champions and going to a bowl game, will begin including the words, national championship as well.


Eric Shelton (ITV)
To do so, signing High School All-American's is something that U of L fans must get used to, because it is something that the Bobby Petrino staff intends to do.

"We [should be] continually signing All-Americans every year and at the best positions," said Petrino. "That's how we want to get it…so it's that way every year. For us to win a National Championship, that is how it has to be."


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