Louisville adds late JUCO signee

Antwon Canady, a 6-1, 236-pound linebacker from Hutchison (KS) C.C., became a late addition to Louisville's 2008 recruiting when he signed a letter of intent with the Cardinals over the weekend.

Hutchinson Community College all-conference linebacker Antwon Canady became the second Blue Dragon from head coach Rion Rhoades first Blue Dragon team to sign with a Division I football power.

Canady, on Saturday at the HCC Humiston Center, signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Louisville.

"Louisville was the first school I really wanted to go to," Canady said. "I started talking to them in high school. I also talked to Arkansas and Texas Tech, but Louisville was really the school I wanted to go to."

Canady becomes the first Blue Dragon to sign with a Big East Conference school. He is also the first Blue Dragon to ever sign at Louisville.

"I've been around a lot of players who had the opportunity to play major college football. I've never been as excited as I am with Antwon signing," Rhoades said. "Antwon's been such a good guy for us. He helped us turn the corner and get things going.


Antwon Canady could help Louisville's
defense next season.

"But because of HCC alumni Billy Miller being there, he's going to have a great position coach at Louisville."

Canady, a 6-foot-1, 236-pound redshirt-freshman from Swainsboro, Ga., was the Blue Dragons' leading tackler in 2007 with 106 tackles, 52 solo stops.

He was the Jayhawk Conference leader in tackles per game at 11.8 tackles per game, third in the league in tackles for loss (17.5) and ninth in quarterback sacks (7).

In nine games, Canady had double-figure tackles in seven games, including a career-high 15 stops three times against Coffeyville, Dodge City and Butler.

Canady had three fumble recoveries and five quarterback hurries in a spectacular season for the Blue Dragons.

Canady redshirted his freshman season and became one of the strongest Blue Dragons with his constant work in the weight room.

"My redshirt year benefited me," Canady said. "I'm came into a great situation when Coach Rhoades was hired. Now I have three years left to play at the Division I level."

University of Louisville press release
The University of Louisville football team has signed linebacker Antwon Canady from Hutchinson Community College to a financial aid agreement, announced head coach Steve Kragthorpe.

Canady, who stands at 6-1, 236 pounds, comes to Louisville after playing one season at Hutchinson Community College where he earned All-Conference accolades last year.

"I started talking to them in high school. I also talked to Arkansas and Texas Tech, but Louisville was really the school I wanted to go to," said Canady.

Canady, who originally hails from Swainsboro, Ga., was the Blue Dragons' leading tackler in 2007 with 106 tackles, including 52 solo stops. He was the Jayhawk Conference leader in tackles per game at 11.8 tackles per game, third in the league in tackles for loss (17.5) and ninth in quarterback sacks (7).

In nine games, Canady had double-figure tackles in seven games, including a career-high 15 stops three times against Coffeyville, Dodge City and Butler.

"Antwon has the ability to come in and provide us with immediate depth and at the same time have three years of eligibility remaining," said Kragthorpe. "We're excited that Antwon has chosen to become a member of the Cardinal program.


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