For redshirt freshman Troy Pascley, a former Scout.com three-star and Top 100 receiver, the chance to compete for playing time in Louisville's potent offense almost didn't happen. Just prior to the end of his first year at U of L, the 6'2, 185-pound receiver made the decision to leave the program and begin searching for a new school.
"It was nothing against Petrino," Pascley explained. "Every coach has their own style, but I just couldn't see myself being the type of player that I wanted. Some players can handle the yelling and the screaming, but I'm not the type of player that can stay focused around that."
However, not long after the Cardinals claimed the school's first Bowl Championship Series victory in January, Bobby Petrino headed to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich quickly hired Steve Kragthorpe away from Tulsa.
"I came back when Coach Kragthorpe came because I love Louisville," Pascley told InsideTheVille.com. "It's where I have always wanted to be since I came here and visited last spring. I love everything about it here and I wanted to come back."
This spring he has continually proven to be a sure-handed receiver. His route-running is smooth and his understanding of the offense is coming along.
"It's going better then I expected," Pascley said of his first spring as a Cardinal. "Coming back as a (redshirt) freshman with two All-Big East receivers in front of you, you can't really expect too much, but it does help you get better and learn to be patient."
While the majority of the balls will be headed in the direction of either Harry Douglas or Mario Urrutia this fall, Pascley appreciates the opportunity to learn from two of the nation's best.
"Every day we get to see two of the best in the country," Pascley said. "It's not just their technique and what they can do, but it's also their attitude. You won't find two better receivers in the country with better attitudes then Harry and Mario. They are both willing to help everybody out and that‘s been a real big advantage for me."
As with any athlete, Pascley's desire to be on the field and making plays is great.
"I can't say at times that I don't get discouraged because I want to be out there more, but I understand it," he said. "I have come a long way since I came here last summer and I still have four more years to progress and keep getting better. I'm happy with how I'm doing."