The Cardinal Countdown...15 days till kickoff

#15 Andrew Johnson


Class: Sophomore Ht/Wt: 5-9/187 Position: Cornerback Hometown: Miami, Fla

Louisville’s Take: Highly-touted cornerback who made an immediate impact to a thin secondary ... showed good speed and a willingness to compete... still learning the position at the collegiate level... made a number of big plays.

Thoughts: Andrew was a great addition to the secondary last season. Coming in as a true freshman and seeing game action eleven times was impressive. Starting nine of those games was even more impressive. You could actually see Andrew grow as the year progressed, improving his technique and understanding the skills necessary to play at a D-I level. With use throwing blitzes at the opposing offense what seems like every three or four plays being a lock down man-to-man defender is very important. I’m excited to see Andrew this year, knowing just how hard he’s been working to get better. I was left with one lasting impression from Mr. Johnson last season and it was pretty sweet.


Potential Nicknames: "The President" (via Mike R)

#15 Hunter Bowles


Class: Freshman Ht/Wt: 6-6/261 Position: Tight End Hometown: Glasgow, KY

Louisville’s Take: Played for Rick Wood at Glasgow High School... played on both sides of the ball as a senior... selected as team captain...played tight end and defensive end... been timed at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash... was selected the District Player of the Year... voted first team All-State... guided team to a 2A state runner-up finish after losing to Covington Holy Cross during senior season... guided team to a 14-1 mark and was selected as an All-Star in the Battle of the Bluegrass... also saw action on the defensive line... had 46 solo tackles and led the Scotties with eight sacks... also recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries... Glasgow allowed only 127 points in 15 games... recorded 20 catches for 346 yards and three touchdowns as a senior... finished career with 70 catches for 1,018 yards and 13 touchdowns... physical tight end and good blocker... three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball...

Thoughts: Hunter comes in as a well publicized recruit due to the fact that both the Cards and Cats were going after him. Hunter has the size be a big time tight end, so I’m excited to see his talents on display this year. Tight end is turning out to be a pretty exciting position battle this season. Nate Nord, who is coming back from an injury, was expecting to get the starting gig, but rumors from practice seem to indicate that both Bowles and Ryan "Hubs" Hubbell are battling it out for some significant playing time. Add the fact the Florida transfer Gerald Christian becomes eligible next year and this could be an all-star position for the offense in the years to come.

Potential Nicknames: "Bounty Hunter", "Head Hunter"

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