#30 Richard Benjamin
Class: RS Freshman
Hometown: Tampa, Fla
Thoughts: Somebody write this down. Richard Benjamin will be an absolute star for The University of Louisville. I’m not a recruiting expert and I don’t spend a ton of time watching tape, but from what I’ve seen, he’s one of the most athletic players we have on the team today. Benjamin was used a wideout/running back combo in High School, and teams like Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, FSU, UCF, Oklahoma (should I keep going?) all seemed to take notice. Benjamin was recruited by Strong’s staff to play defense, most likely corner, and took a redshirt last year since we had some solid players in the secondary. With guys like Pryor and Smith both gone, it appears Benjamin has moved to safety and will provide relief to Holliman or Floyd when necessary. With the news about Sample and Johnson this week, Benjamin may be placed in the spotlight quicker than most think. My completely biased opinion based solely on watching the kid play is that Benjamin earns a starting spot somewhere on the defense before the end of the year. He may not unseat anyone at safety, but could slide back to corner if we start to have issues. He’s too talented to stay off the field and I think Grantham knows that. Just look at that swag…
via SB Nation
…the kids still say swag right?
Sweet Tweet: Richard's tweets are blocked and I’m totally cool with the fact that he hasn't accepted my request yet [wipes snot from sobbing face]. My comment above about the word ‘swag’ reminded me of a conversation I had a couple year ago about trying to remain hip or cool as you get older. As a guy in his early thirties I’d like to think I’m still in the know, but I’m probably not. The references change, the technology changes, and obviously the vernacular changes. One aspect of your life which you have control over in the battle against remaining relevant is your wardrobe. I’d never thought about it in that regard, but the more the conversation evolved the more it made sense. We all have a time in our lives in which we felt cool or trendy, typically in your 20’s, and subconsciously we will continue to dress in that same manner as long as possible because it makes us continue to feel that way even though the trends have ultimately changed. I’ll be the first to admit I still have polo shirts, t-shirts and even button ups from 2004 that I wear fairly regularly. One reason is because I’m cheap and they still fit, but honestly part of it is probably because I still think they make me look hip. In all probability, they don’t. Change is hard, and I hate it, but I probably need to let some of that stuff go. You can take my clothes, but you’ll never take my 2004 haircut. The siderod is still cool, right?
"Turn up doe, bout to be a TBT with my 04 swerve"
#30 Tae’Shawn Gibbs
Class: RS Freshman
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of Central High School)
Thoughts: You may not know much about Tae’Shawn Gibbs, but the kid is a hell of an athlete. Not only did Tae’Shawn make significant contributions to Central’s resurgence in football (Three 3A State Championships from 2010-2012) but he also played some hoops and ran track for the Yellow jackets. Gibbs walked-on last year and took a redshirt because the WR position was absolutely loaded. Unfortunately for Gibbs we are still stacked at wideout and he will most likely not see any playing time this year. As a walk-on Gibbs can still contribute and potentially work his way into the rotation in the next few years. As we celebrate our riches at the position this season, one can’t help but to look at the future, and next year this group will be extremely thin. I’m of the belief that I could probably trot my 5'11" 198lb frame out there in a Petrino offense and catch 10-20 balls, but we still need some experience.
I just scanned the roster and we currently have 15 wide receivers listed. Not including the upcoming season, where someone could potentially step up, James Quick would be the only returning wideout next year that currently has a reception….wow.
Some point in life you have to realize its time to grow up. Can't keep doing the same thing you was doing in high school.— Tae Gibbs (@TaeGIBBS_1) July 24, 2014
Whoa,whoa,whoa. Wait a minute….so we’re not saying "turn up" or "swerve" anymore?
Son of a… I was just starting to get the hang of it.