Impact Players: Part One

This is part one of a two part series as ITV takes a look at players that should make an impact in 2003.

The 2003 season will be full of newness. A new coaching staff, a new offensive and defensive scheme and new players that emerge as impact players. ITV takes a look at some of the players that will most likely become difference makers on the field.

# 43 | Abe Brown | Safety
One of the top prospects from the 2002 recruiting class, Abe Brown has both the size and speed that Coach Petrino looks for. He is great in rush defense and with some extra work in the weight room could become an excellent prospect at linebacker. He may take a lot of reps at both the safety and outside linebacker spots in the spring.

# -- | Michael Bush | Quarterback
Not often does a true freshman get a true opportunity to earn the starting quarterback at a program the size of Louisville's, but Michael Bush is not a normal freshman. He is expected to spend the spring learning the offense in preperation of receiving an equal amount of reps as the returning quarterbacks during fall practice.

# 4 | Broderick Clark | Wide Receiver
Following a breakout year as a redshirt freshman returning kickoffs, Broderick Clark will be given more of an opportunity at wide receiver by new offensive coordinator and receivers coach Paul Petrino. The additional voluntary workouts should benefit Clark ask he attempts to become more like his Cardinal mentor, Zek Parker.

# 7 | Justin Rascati | Quarterback

Following a redshirt season, Justin Rascati will challenge for the starting quarterback position. Throughout fall practice and the 2002 season, Rascati exhibited great poise in the pocket and good arm strength. He also has shown signs of having great touch on both deep and short rountes.

# 32 | Eric Shelton | Running Back
The former USA Today and Parade All-American is the leading candidate to become the feature back in Coach Petrino's new offensive scheme. He's a great power back that has the strength and vision to hit the smallest of holes and is difficult to bring down.

# 1 | B.J. Vickers | Wide Receiver
At 6'3, 205, B.J. Vickers all ready has the perfect frame to become a standout receiver. He has great hands, runs routes exceptionally and has amazing breakaway speed. Vickers is expected to arrive early this summer to begin voluntary workouts and should see plenty of game action this fall.


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