With more than twenty newcomers on the University of Louisville football team this fall, Inside The Ville gives you a quick run down of some of the early standouts from preseason practice.
New DB's have star potential
Bobby Petrino and staff hit the jackpot with their recruiting efforts in the secondary.
Tallahassee corner Travis Norton and grey-shirt Bobby Buchanan have made the most favorable impressions this weekend, but youngsters like safety Richard Raglin and corners Lamar Alston and E.K. Sawyerr also have enjoyed some solid moments.
"Travis could play right now in our press coverage package," secondary coach Joe Whitt said following Sunday's sweltering practice session. "He's big and he's fast. Both he and Bobby Buchanan have NFL ability."
Don't be surprised if Norton sees significant action this fall.
Walk-on receivers have promise
Two invited walk-on's, receivers Josh McDonald and Andrew Robinson have shown signs that they can develop into contributors down the road.
McDonald, a 6-1, 196-pounder from Newburgh, IN, provides a big, strong target. He runs good routes and has shown solid hands through the first two days of practice. Robinson, on the other hand, is considerably smaller than McDonald, standing just 5-9. A standout for Manual High School the past few seasons, Robinson possesses excellent speed and good hands.
Duke transfer Corey Thompson will also be counted as a non-scholarship athlete this season, though he's expected to be granted a scholarship next season.
Three most likely true freshman to see action this fall:
CB Travis Norton
WR Scott Long
TE Careg Bonner
True freshman defensive linemen Earl Heyman (6-2, 244), Michael Adams (6-3, 230) and Johnathan Holston (6-6, 242) have one thing in common; they can run! Heyman, who is playing tackle, will likely redshirt this season to add bulk to his frame, while Holston and Adams look like future stars at end.
Notre Dame transfer Chris Vaughn is impressive physical size. At 6-4, 218-pounds, Vaughn could play any number of positions for the Cardinals, including WR, TE or LB. Currently he's taking all of his reps at receiver, and he's shown a good combination of speed and skill.
WR Scott Long and TE Careg Bonner have big-time ability. Long has great size (6-3, 195) and hands, while Bonner draws comparisons to former Cardinal great Ronnie Ghent. Bonner is agile, runs well and catches the ball well.
Don't expect rookie QB Lee Sweeney to supplant redshirt frosh Hunter Cantwell for the backup QB spot behind Brian Brohm. Sweeney missed Sunday's practice because of illness and could miss significant time during camp. Cantwell, by the way, has been very impressive in practice. He's throwing the well, and his deep passes have been on target more often than not.