Tulane Opponents: Game 3 - Louisville

The Cardinals are felt by some observers to be the most talented team in C-USA in 2003 but face a tough second half of the schedule, in which they must face Miami (Fl.) and Memphis on the road.

One of the most successful programs in C-USA since 1998 with a cumulative record of 50-20 over that span, the Cardinals are felt by some observers to be the most talented team in C-USA in 2003 but face a tough second half of the schedule, in which they must face Miami (Fl.) and Memphis on the road. The Cardinals also play Houston on the road late but catch TCU at home and dodge USM.

Redman, Ragone and now LeFors. Somebody is doing something right at Louisville as far as developing quarterbacks is concerned. And the Louisville football program has come a long ways since the 1-10 record in 1997.

In 2004 Louisville again offers a high powered, physical offense, and while the defense that last season was not quite the equal of the previous three seasons. The Cardinal offense should be equally powerful in 2004 and the defense should be on the upswing.

Quarterback
Experienced and talented group. Expect LeFors to pick up where he left off last season. Soph Michael Bush wants to be next in line at quarterback but will be pressed in the future by true freshman Brian Brohm, 6-4 205, a very highly sought after recruit last winter.

Stefan LeFors - 6-0 200 Sr. Sprinter from a small high school in Baton Rouge who has developed into a first team All-Conference USA quarterback after paying his dues as a lightly regarded reserve behind Dave Ragone. 219-357-10 c/a/i, totalled 3,145 yards and 17 TD's last season. Added 405 net yards rushing. Mobility is highlighted by the fact that he was sacked only 7 times last season. 13 career starts.

Michael Bush - 6-3 240 So. Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Played quarterback, receiver and running back as a true freshman. Will likely reprise the 'Slash' role again in 2oo4. Accounted for 503 yards rushing, good for third on the team; caught 17 passes for 240 yards and threw for 67 more yards. Did not participate in spring practice.

Running Back
Size and speed are the hallmarks of what is probably the depest and most physical group of running backs in C-USA. The top hand is doubtlessly FSU transfer Eric Shelton.

Eric Shelton - 6-2 247 Jr. Big, bruising style running back. Highly sought after recruit coming out of high school who signed with FSU and played there as a true freshman before transferring to Louisville. Started 6 games last season before suffering a neck injury. Finished second on the squad in rushing with 790 net yards.

Lionel Gates - 6-0 225 Sr. Led the team in rushing with 817 yards although he only started 4 games.

Kolby Smith - 5-11 203 So. Athletic, speedy running back who rushed 18 times for 131 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman. Added one pass reception for 45 yards.

Wide Receivers
Broderick Clark - 6-0 194 Jr. Exceptional speed. Produced 23 receptions for 313 yards. Made 4 starts. Averaged 19 yards per kick off return, based on 42 returns.

JR. Russell - 6-3 204 Sr. Had an outstanding season in 2003 with 75 catches for 1,213 yards and 8 TD's and earned first team All-CUSA honors. has made 19 career starts.

Montrell Jones - 6-0 199 So. A transfer from the University of Tennessee who played extensively for the Vols in 2002, playing in 12 games and catching 22 passes. Has exceptional speed.

Offensive Line
Big physical group that matured last season and nearly doubled their yards per carry average. Averaged 4.7 yards per carry last seasn. Little reason to expect a drop off although three starters must be replaced.

C- Will Rabatin - 6-1 304 Sr. 5 Career starts at guard, played in 13 games last season as the backup center.

LG- Jason Spitz - 6-4 308 Jr. 19 career starts. Selected second team All-Conference USA in 2003.

RT- Renardo Foster - 6-5 327 So. Moved from the defensive line last year and started all 13 games. Named to Conference USA's All-Freshman team

LT-Travis Leffew - 6-4 297 Jr. Did not participate in spring practice. 25 career starts. Named second team All-Conference USA.

Offensive Depth Chart.

Left Tackle
79 Travis Leffew 6-4 297 Jr.
74 Jeremy Darveau 6-7 312 Jr.
Left Guard
59 Jason Spitz 6-4 308 Jr.
63 Danny Barlowe 6-5 290 RFr.
Center
70 Will Rabatin 6-1 304 Sr.
71 P.J. Tavarczky 6-3 294 So.
Right Guard
76 Kurt Quarterman 6-5 366 Jr.
75 Bubba Marshall 6-5 285 Jr.
Right Tackle
79 Renardo Foster 6-5 327 So.
53 Michael Sturgeon 6-3 288 So.

Tight End
83 Wayne Riles 6-4 240 So.
84 Thomas Boyce 6-5 221 RFr.

Wide Receiver
3 J.R. Russell 6-3 204 Sr.
2 Tiger Jones 5-11 181 Sr.
Wide Receiver
4 Broderick Clark 6-0 194 Jr.
86 Montrell Jones 6-0 199 Jr.
Wide Receiver
9 Joshua Tinch 6-3 215 Sr.
85 Harry Douglas 5-11 158 RFr.
20 Robert Haskins 5-6 175 Jr.

Quarterback
17 Stefan LeFors 6-0 200 Sr.
7 Justin Rascati 6-2 207 So.

Running Back
23 Lionel Gates OR 6-0 225 Sr.
32 Eric Shelton OR 6-2 247 Jr.
19 Michael Bush 6-2 240 So.
26 Reggie Bradshaw 6-0 198 RFr.

Full Back
45 Adam McCauley 6-4 232 Sr.
41 James Jackson 6-1 238 So.

Defense
The Cardinal defense was solid and physical from 2000-2002 but last year was ripped by graduation losses and was but a shadow of it's former self. From yielding an average of about 112 yards rushing per game over that three year stretch, the Card's defensive unit's yield weakened to 170 yards rushing per game last season. This year the defense will have considerable experience and depth across the board and should come bouncing back in 2004.

DL
Bobby Leffew - 6-4 289 Sr. 20 career starts. Victim of a series of injuries in 2002 that cost him half the season. Did not begin to show that he had recovered until the second half of 2003.

Marcus Jones - 6-2 234 Sr. Big time pass rusher from the edge who had 17 TFL's, 10 sacks and 6 quarterback hurries last season. Second team All-Conference. Started all 13 games last season.

Martavious Stanley - 6-2 305 Jr. 13 career starts. 13 tackles for losses and 3 sacks in 2003. Listed as a starter at defensive tackle coming out of spring practice but has played primarily at DE in the past.

LB
Robert McCune - 6-0 244 Sr. Named third team All-Conference USA last season after leading team in tackles with 143. 5 TFL's and 4 sacks are included in the total tackles number.

DB
Antoine Harris - 5-10 184 Sr. Rare two way player who is prmarily a defensive back (has played wide receiver on offense). 10 career starts as a cornerback, all in 2003. Contributed 3 interceptions and 6 pass breakups last year.

Kerry Rhodes - 6-3 205 Sr. 13 career starts at free safety, all last season. Made 82 tackles, had 3 interceptions and 5 pass breakups. Has blocked a pair of kicks in his career.

Defensive Depth Chart

Defensive End
49 Shane Bailey 6-3 277 RFr.
58 Elvis Dumervil 6-0 244 Jr.
Defensive Tackle
48 Bobby Leffew 6-4 289 Sr.
91 Amobi Okoye 6-2 317 So.
Defensive Tackle
92 Montavious Stanley 6-2 305 Jr.
61 Jeremy Sequin 6-2 294 Jr.
Defensive End
56 Marcus Jones 6-2 234 Sr.
50 Chad Rimpsey 6-3 244 Jr.
SAM Linebacker
97 Brandon Johnson 6-5 208 Jr.
52 Jonathon Jackerson 6-2 229 Sr.
MIKE Linebacker
54 Robert McCune 6-0 244 Sr.
6 Preston Smith 6-1 212 RFr.
WILL Linebacker
47 Deriontae Taylor 5-8 220 So.
44 Willie Johnson 6-0 212 RFr.
Left Cornerback
25 Antoine Harris 5-10 184 Sr.
8 Early McCray 5-9 194 RFr.
Strong Safety
11 Malik Jackson 6-2 219 RFr.
30 Brent Johnson 5-10 201 Sr.
Free Safety
35 Brandon Sharp 5-10 181 So.
1 Kerry Rhodes 6-3 205 Sr.
Right Cornerback
21 William Gay 5-11 179 So.
5 Antoine Sharp 6-1 196 Jr.
27 Gavin Smart 5-9 190 So.

Special Teams
Sophomore Brent Moody, 5-11 193, returns after doing almost all of the punting in 2003, averaging 39.6 per punt with a solid net punting average of 36.2. Moody also handles kick off duties.

Shreveport native Arthur Carmody, a 5-8 181 redshirt freshman, inherits the place kicking chores after sitting out in 2003.

The Cardinals blocked three punts in 2003 after blocking 9 in 2002. The Cards suffered one blocked field goal.

The cover units are solid, with the punt cover squad allowing about 5.8 yards per return, an outstanding number. The kick off return squad is a little softer, allowing 21.6 yards per return.

Robert Haskins, 5-6 175, returns as the punt returner. The junior wide receiver returned 23 for 177 yards last season.

Junior wide receiver Broderick Clark, 6-0 194, returns as the kick off return specialist after handling most kick off returns last season, taking 42 back for 821 yards.

The Cardinals will likely again be one of the top three teams in C-USA in 2004.


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