"I was at Colorado State last weekend and loved everything about it," said Froman, the 2008 NorCal Offensive Player of the Year. "But Louisville just had that feel about it. It was the right place for me to be. I liked everything about the town. I liked the people that were there – the coaching staff was great and the players were real good guys. The facilities are in a league of their own. It just felt like the place I need to be."
Froman, who threw for a state-leading 3,876 yards and 40 touchdowns passes this season, now joins a crowded quarterback picture at Louisville to replace the departing Cantwell. Froman is expected to battle juniors Tyler Wolfe and Justin Burke, sophomore Matt Simms and redshirt freshman Zack Stoudt for the starting job this spring.
Player of the Year.
"I know how many quarterbacks are there and who they are and they told me that the best guy is going to play no matter if it's the guy who has been there ten years or if it's your first day," Froman said. "The guy that's going to come in there and win ballgames and get this program back on track is the guy that's going to play. Louisville is not a school that likes to lose and is not going to put up with it so we need to go there and win ballgames and the guy that's going to do that is going to play."
Froman met one of the players on his visit that he'll compete against next spring – Tyler Wolfe. Froman called Wolfe a "great guy and class act," and said he looks forward to developing a strong relationship with all of Louisville's quarterbacks in the near future.
"That was something I learned to do at the JC level where I'm at now," Froman said. "You've got to understand that on the field, off the field are two separate deals. I'm one of the most competitive people you're ever going to meet in life. So when I'm on the field I'm playing to win and that's all there is to it. But off the field I try to be friends with everybody. To be friends with all the other quarterbacks is the best thing you can have on a football team. You've got to have a good relationship with each other and have that brotherhood that you need to have to have a winning football team."
Froman described what Kragthorpe is looking for out of his starting quarterback next season.
"He's looking for a competitor – a guy who doesn't accept losing and is going to come in and make all the throws you need to make at the Division 1 level and be able to pull it down and take off running and make plays with your legs as well," Froman said. "I think I can do that."
Froman led his team to a solid season in 2008, including a 28-20 win over No. 2-ranked Sierra (CA) C.C. in the West Bank Bowl. Froman lit up Sierra for 525 yards on 35-of-61 passing with three touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Froman threw for 401 yards in the first half against Sierra.
"We ended up 8-3," Froman said. "We had two games that we lost by four points or less in the last minute and a half. We won our bowl game against a team that hadn't lost at home in nine years and we beat them at home in their bowl game. It was a good way to end the season."
Now Froman is looking forward to working with the returning talent he'll be surrounded with at Louisville, including Big East Freshman of Year Victor Anderson.
"The talent coming back is unbelievable," said Froman. "We only lose two o-linemen. Obviously they're two good players on the o-line but we're excited with the guys coming back and the new guys that will be filling in. We've got playmakers at receiver and running back. I think the talent we have coming back can play with any program in the nation. Absolutely we're going to get the offense back on track next year and score lots of points and touchdowns and get back to winning lots of football games."
Froman plans to sign with UofL on Wednesday, then spend the holidays with family in California before hopping a plane to Louisville shortly after New Years to get ready to compete in the Cardinals ‘Quarterback Derby' this spring.
"I want to arrive a couple days early and have a couple days to get settled in the dorm and get my bearings straight before the semester starts. I'll probably fly out to Louisville right after New Years as soon as I possibly can," Froman said. "Louisville doesn't want to lose and we're going to get it back on track next year."