#4 Will Stein
Class: RS Senior Ht/Wt: 5-10/185 Position: Quarterback Hometown: Louisville, KY
Louisville’s Take: Heady quarterback with a strong arm ... has played well when called upon during his Louisville career ... student of the game who is an energetic leader... can make plays out of the pocket with his feet.
Thoughts: Will Stein is a big part of this team. He may be the single most important piece of the puzzle who isn’t a starter. As much love as we throw to Teddy, we are one play away from Mr. Will Stein being the conductor on this magical train ride. The good news is I wouldn’t want anyone else there. Earning the starting role last season, Will had some ups and downs but was playing good football. In five games last year Will had 620yds and five touchdowns. When Sunny went down against Kentucky last year I think the overwhelming attitude was "oh crap, we lost Will" and not "hell yes, now we get to see Teddy". We can argue back and forth about losing a position due to injury, but Stein has handled this incredibly. According to Teddy, Coach Strong, Coach Watson and pretty much everyone else on the team, Will is still a leader in the clubhouse. He could have been upset over the circumstances last season but kept his head in the game, continued to lead, continued to push Teddy and continued to have a positive attitude. They don’t call him Sunny for nothing!
As much as we want Teddy to torch it up this year it feels good knowing Will is still pushing him in practice and if we need him…there is no doubt in my mind he will be ready. While images of "crowd-surfing Charlie" have made the rounds the single most important thing I took from the video was Sunny’s reaction. He didn’t play a snap that game, but was just as excited as everyone else. His response to Charlie’s leap will forever make me smile. Check it out. Keep it classy Sunny!
Potential Nicknames: "Sunny"
#4 Robert Clark
Class: RS Sophomore Ht/Wt: 5-9/182 Position: Wide Receiver Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
Louisville’s Take: Transfer from the University of Florida... had seven catches for 69 yards in his career with the Gators... saw action in 11 games (missed Georgia and Vanderbilt with a right ankle sprain) with catches vs. Penn State, Florida State, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Tennessee and USF... recorded one reception in the Outback Bowl against Penn State... scored his first career touchdown against Florida State, a career-long 20-yard reception from John Brantley on the opening drive of the game...
Thoughts: Robert comes over from the Gators along with teammate Gerald Christian. While neither will see game action this year, Clark seemed to impress in the spring game. He most definitely has speed to burn and will be a good part of the receiving corps come next year. I see his speed as a great asset on special teams as well so Coach Carter may fall in love with the kid before it's all done. Clark originally picked the Gators over the Cards, Cats, Purdue and others. Glad to see him on the squad and look forward to his contributions over the next few years.
Potential Nicknames: "RC", "Candy" (Clark bar)
(Players who were added to the roster after we had passed their number on the countdown)
#96 Pedro Sibiea
Class: Freshman Ht/Wt: 6-3/293 Position: Defensive Tackle Hometown: Homestead, Fla
Louisville’s Take: Played for Bobby McCray at Homestead High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and two-star by Scout.com... ranked 173rd by Scout.com... joins teammate James Burgess... participated in Friday Night Lights... very athletic and has good body control... has good speed to beat offensive linemen in one-on-one situations... Lemming selection as a top defensive tackle.
Thoughts: Pedro was a solid commitment for the Cards and then seemed to waiver after looking around at Minnesota. That made the Cards make a big push on Sheldon Rankins and they got him. Once Pedro realized that he was actually considering being a Gopher over playing at UofL he came to his senses and made his commitment firm. Pedro will be a big body on the D-line and more than likely use this season as a learning tool for the many years to follow. Our D-line is pretty solid this year I think, so playing time may be limited, but Pedro has the opportunity to learn from some talented players.
Potential Nicknames: "Ro-Sib"
#77 Abraham Garcia
Class: Freshman Ht/Wt: 6-5/352 Position: Offensive Line Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla
Louisville’s Take: Played for Roger Harriott at University High School in Fort Lauderdale... four-star prospect by ESPN.com... three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com... rated as the 27th-best offensive guard by ESPN and 34th by Scout.com... on Tom Lemming's list of top offensive tackles on MaxPreps.com... named first team All-State... named first team Sun-Sentinel All-County... voted to the public vs. private All-Star game... gave up only one sack as a starter at offensive tackle... voted team captain during the playoffs... selected to the 2009 Sun-Sentinel All-Broward Class 3A-1A honorable mention team... did not start playing football until high school due to size... played on the South Florida Express travel football team with current Cardinal Teddy Bridgewater... can play both tackle and guard... attended the Miami Nike Camp.
Thoughts: So I’ll make this short and sweet. Dude is 350+lb, his nickname is Nacho and he chose the Cards over other multiple other universities that had interest (Florida, South Florida, LSU, Bama, Auburn, etc…) The big knock on Garcia to this point has been that he is a little rough around the edges. Aren’t all Nacho’s? We’ll work with the kid and mold him into one of the best O-linemen in the country before it’s all said and done. Bank on it. In the very first depth chart of the year Abraham is firmly planted behind Jamon Brown at Right Tackle. Glad to see his hard work is paying off. Check out this dude…he’s the Nacho to my cheese.
Potential Nicknames: "Nacho"