The Cardinal Countdown...89 days till kickoff

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#89 Keith Towbridge


Class: Sophomore

Ht/Wt: 6-5/263

Position: Tight End

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Twitter: @FabboiKeith

Thoughts: While Keith didn’t see a ton of playing time last year as a true freshman sitting behind Christian and Hubbell, he did get some game experience making seven appearances throughout the season. Keith is a big body at tight end who appears to be the clear number two option at the position this fall. Christian and Keith both look to exploit the defense in the Petrino offensive scheme, which targets the TE at a much greater frequency than the previous offensive gameplan. When Keith committed to Charlie Strong, he put himself in a good position to showcase his height/weight and agility (Towbridge also played basketball in high school). With Petrino now manning the controls, Keith just got a GREAT opportunity to showcase those same assets. Route running, blocking techniques, and footwork can all be taught. 6’5" and 263lb cannot. I love Christian, and I really like Micky Crum coming into the program this year, but Towbridge could become a special player in the next couple years if he puts in the work.

Sweet Tweet:

I know this was hit on briefly last month, but how impressive to have three Cardinals become first round picks in the NFL draft. If you would have told 10 year old me this fact when I was freezing my butt off at the Old Cardinal Stadium watching what could only be described as BAD football I would have questioned your sanity. Hate the guy for how he handled the situation all you want, but there’s no denying Strong brought in and developed talent. The crazy thing is, depending upon how this season plays out, we may be able to duplicate that draft success. One has to think Parker and maybe even Christian have the potential to be first round talents. What about Gaines, Lozo or an O-lineman (Brown/Smith)? What do you all think about NFL talent on this year’s team?

I guess we could probably check with the experts over at ESPN...

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