March 2, 2005

Spring football prospectus news & notes

The University of Louisville released the Spring Football Prospectus Wednesday and like any good football fan, the first place we checked was the roster. In football, with 85-100 players on roster at any given time, roster changes and updates can be interesting and frequent. Players who signed last year aren't on the Spring roster and players who signed, but didn't show in the Fall are now on the list. Who's In? Who's Out? Who gained 47 pounds? Who is two inches shorter? CardinalSports.com broke down the roster pages and gives you the breakdown.

Click here for a link to U of L's website and the new Spring Football Prospectus available for download.

Some years, the Spring Football Prospectus can provide a never-ending supply of nuggets of knowledge, and this year might be even better. At a whopping 70 pages, U of L Football S.I.D. Rocco Gasparro and company have outdone themselves with this impressive book that is jam-packed with interesting reading for the rabid Cardinal football fan. Here are just a few of the things we've noticed on first read:

Roster Additions

Louisville added two junior college players, one transfer and two more true freshmen to the Spring roster who were not on scholarship last Fall.

Mozell Axson- 6-1, 230 Linebacker from Lakeland, Fla. (Fr.)
Brock Bolen- 6-0, 235 Fullback from Germantown, Oh. (Illinois transfer- So.)
Marcus Gordon- 6-6, 320 Offensive Lineman from Highland Community College (Jr.)
Davis Manning- 6-5, 225 Quarterback from Huntsville, Ala. (Fr.)
Stevin Williams- 5-8, 153 Wide Receiver from Dodge City Community College (So.)

Players No Longer on Roster

Louisville lost a talented senior class in 2005 including at least seven who will try their hand in the NFL. In addition, the new Spring Roster also doesn't include:

Non-scholarship players: Ben Brooks, Dale Golsby, Justin Hargens, Robert Haskins, Etian Johnson and Steven McKinney.

Scholarship players no longer listed include:

Willie Johnson
Early McCray
Brent Moody
Phillip Moody
Devin Shivers
P.J. Tavarczky

Interesting Numerical Notes

  • True freshman quarterback Davis Manning doesn't have any pressure on him at all, right? The 6-5 (some say 6-6 already) has a last name that makes football fans take note, especially when it is a quarterback and now, he has the unenviable task of following Stefan LeFors in wearing the No. 17 jersey.

  • Sophomore Stevin Williams will wear roster No. 83 along with others 80's receivers Harry Douglas and Montrell Jones. Another Cardinal fond of the number 83? Former Louisville wide receiver and Super Bowl M.V.P. Deion Branch wears No. 83 for the New England Patriots.

  • There are currently no players wearing No's. 1, 2, 3, 7 or 8. And we, at CardinalSports.com, would wholly support some fullback choosing to take on the mantle of the best number in football, Double-Zero. (00).

    Two Trips to the Buffet Line

    The jump from high school to college football is so drastically different than in basketball that it takes many fans a while to get used to the massive weight gains they see on roster numbers. Trust us, these are good things. College football players, especially linemen can gain 20-30 pounds their freshman year.

    We looked at the player's listed weight in high school in the Rivals.com database, and checked it against their current weight after a year and a half of dedicated strength, conditioning and training table. Here's a look at some of the players who have transformed their bodies in their freshman year to get ready for 2005.

  • This year's Golden Whopper Award is proudly awarded to Kentucky native and future defensive lineman Maurice Mitchell. Coming out of Glasgow High School, Maurice was listed at a svelt 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. Now, Mitchell tips the scale at 267- a 47 pound weight gain. We hear ya, big fella.

    More gravy, please.

  • While no one player could top Maurice's 47 pound addition in the weight room and training table, other contenders for the crown included the following:

  • offensive lineman Breno Giacomini who added 38 pounds (up to 6-7, 280),
  • Johnnie Burns who added 27 pounds (198 to 225),
  • defensive lineman Adrian Grady who went from 265 in high school to 291,
  • tight end Scott Kuhn who added 25 pounds from 230 to 255. (and most said he was on the shy side of 230 too)
  • wide receiver Mario Urrutia who went from 195 as a senior at Fern Creek to 220 as a freshman this Spring,
  • offensive lineman Eric Wood- now 6-foot-4, 290 pounds instead of 270,
  • defensive end Brandon Cox who added 24 pounds in his move from linebacker to defensive end,
    and last but certainly not least, All-American quarterback Brian Brohm who picked up 24 pounds since his high school days at Trinity. He's now up to 6-4, 224-pounds after tipping the scales in high school at 200.

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