Wealth of experience returns for Cardinals

29 of the 53 returning letterwinners from a year ago have notched at least one career start

When U of L head coach Bobby Petrino welcomes his returning Cardinals to practice on Wednesday afternoon, he will have the luxury of having 53 letterwinners back from last year's 9-3 Toyota Gator Bowl squad.

Experience appears to be in abundance this spring as 29 players that have at least notched one career start are back.

Pos. Name Year 2005
TE Gary Barnidge Jr. 5 Has appeared in 23 games during his first two years at Louisville.
QB Brian Brohm Jr. 10 Named the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
LB Abe Brown Sr. 7 Senior has notched 19 career starts.
CB Bobby Buchanan So. 2 Will have a limited spring following off season shoulder surgery
RB Michael Bush Sr. 8 Heisman candidate's 2,386 career yards ranks 7th in school history and 819 yards away from establishing a new U of L mark.
LB Terrance Butler Jr. 1 Has appeared in 23 games, making first career start against Cincinnati last fall
QB Hunter Cantwell So. 2 Started for the injured Brian Brohm against UConn and Virginia Tech.
K Art Carmody Jr. 12 Holds the NCAA, conference and school record for consecutive extra points made with 77. Also ranks 4th in school history with 26 field goals.
CB Rod Council So. 11 Started 11 of 12 games as a redshirt freshman last fall and earned All-American Honorable Mention honors from The Sporting News.
WR Harry Douglas Jr. 6 Has totaled 32 catches for 500 yards during his career.
P Todd Flannery Jr. 12 Averaged 40.9 yards per punt attempt as a sophomore.
CB William Gay Sr. 9 Has appeared in 33 games during his Cardinal career.
OL Breno Giacomini Jr. 2 Bulked up tight end is making the transition back to the offensive line this spring.
DT Adrian Grady So. 2 Recorded 6 tackles, including one for a loss, as a starter in the Toyota Gator Bowl.
LB Nate Harris Sr. 10 Finished second on the team with 66 tackles, including 7 sacks.
LB Malik Jackson Jr. 3 Has appeared in 23 games during his career, recording 38 tackles.
TE Scott Kuhn Jr. 1 Has recorded 9 receptions and a touchdown as mainly a reserve.
LB Lamar Myles So. 1 Made first career start against Oregon State last fall.
DT Amobi Okoye Sr. 10 Despite not turning 19 years old until June, the senior has made 66 career tackles, including 8 sacks.
OL Kurt Quarterman Sr. 12 Has started 24 consecutive games. Also has three career rushing touchdowns.
SS Richard Raglin So. 1 Saw action in seven games as a true freshman.
SS Jon Russell So. 5 Sophomore has appeared in 21 games and has 3 career interceptions.
FS Brandon Sharp Sr. 12 Has totaled 70 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions in 33 career games.
CB Gavin Smart Sr. 2 Despite being slowed by injuries, the senior has appeared in 27 career games, making four starts.
RB Kolby Smith Sr. 3 Senior has rushed for 1,001 career yards and 11 scores.
LB Preston Smith Jr. 3 Former quarterback has recorded 52 tackles in 24 career games.
FB Deriontae Taylor Sr. 6 Mainly a short yardage fullback, Taylor will be joined by sophomore Brock Bolen and redshirt freshman Joe Tronzo.
WR Mario Urrutia So. 6 Finished second on the team with 797 receiving yards. His 21.5 yards per catch and 7 touchdowns led all receivers.
C Eric Wood So. 12 Earned Freshman All-American honors in 2005.

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