Where will the supremely athletic Pat Carter end up? A transfer from Georgia Tech, Carter has the size (6-3, 210) and speed (4.4) to play any number of positions. A highly regarded quarterback in high school, Carter might given a chance to split reps with Hunter Cantwell in Brian Brohm's absence this spring. More likely, though, Carter will eventually end up at either receiver or in the defensive backfield.
Georgia Tech transfer Pat Carter
will display his talents this spring
for the Cardinals. The only
question is what position the
athletic 6-3, 210-pounder will play.
Are returning secondary starters Will Gay, Rod Council, Brandon Sharp and Jon Russell secure in their jobs? While the Louisville secondary struggled last season, the unit showed improvement as the season progressed, particularly when Russell replaced Antoine Sharp at safety. Council appears a lock at one corner, and Gay, a two-year starter, has the upper hand over potential competitors. However, there are plenty of young and talented options behind the returning veterans. Corners Travis Norton and Bobby Buchanan figure to push both Council and Gay all spring, and both have the talent to supplant either returning starter. Keep and eye on safeties Richard Raglin and Lamar Alston. Both played last season as true freshman and have the talent to push for playing time this spring.
Will the running game suffer because of the losses along the offensive line? Sure Michael Bush returns. Sure Kolby Smith returns. Sure George Strippling returns. Without question, that trio represents the best group of running backs in the Big East. But will the losses of Spitz, Leffew, and Darveau negatively affect what has been a potent U of L rushing attack the past two seasons? There's no question the Cardinals will be less experienced upfront next season. There's also little question Louisville won't be any smaller along the front than they were last season. If anything, they might be bigger. (Foster stands 6-7, 320, Gordon stands 6-6, 330, Benson stands 6-6, 325, and Roche 6-5, 310). There's plenty of beef, talent and potential to suggest the new group can get it done and open holes from the Cardinals talented trio of running backs. But until the new unit is solidified and proves it on the field, the rushing attack has to be considered a question mark.
Who will emerge as a big time player after a redshirt season? Last year, Mario Urrutia emerged as a future star after an outstanding spring practice. Who will it be this year? Keep an eye on Jonathan Holston. He's big, he's fast and he might become a great one at defensive end. Other redshirts to watch: Brian Roche. Roche turned down Notre Dame to play for Louisville and could become the next great offensive linemen for the Cardinals. Careg Bonner. Bonner appears to be an athletic tight end/H-Back with excellent hands and good speed. He reminds of former Louisville standout Ibn Green, and could be a major surprise this spring.