Maurice Urrutia ready to join older brother

Fern Creek High School product Maurice Urrutia, who is spending the 2005 season as a U of L grayshirt, is set to join his older brother Mario Urrutia at the start of the new year

All the way back on national signing day in early February, Inside The Ville was first to inform it's readers that Maurice Urrutia, the younger brother of redshirt freshman Mario Urrutia, had chosen to become a Louisville Cardinal, but would not join the team until the start of the new year.

With the temperatures now starting to signal the eventual arrival of winter, the former All-State performer is finally getting closer to joining his older brother on the gridiron for the first time since 2003 when both attended Fern Creek High School.

"I can't wait to finally get back out there," Urrutia recently told Inside The Ville. "It's been tough not being able to play or do anything with the team. It was really hard at the beginning. I remember at the start of the year I was pulling out the parking lot [at the U of L football complex] and the team bus pulled right up behind me – that was hard."

While the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Urrutia is unable to practice, lift weights or participate in any official team activities, he has already started his freshman year at the University of Louisville.

"I'm doing pretty good," he said, adding that he does spend some time at the Howard L. Schnellenberger Building. "I can lift weights over there, but I can't do it if the team is in there."

Urrutia, who starred at receiver and safety for Fern Creek, recorded 20 interceptions and led his prep team in tackles during his final two years as a Tiger. Offensively, he pulled in 46 catches for 486 yards as a senior.

"They want me to play free safety," he said of his expected position once he joins the team in January.

While there was little doubt that Urrutia would choose to attend the same school as his older brother, programs such as Kentucky, Marshall, Michigan and Tennessee expressed considerable interest during his senior year.

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