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Three Offensive Linemen Leaving Louisville

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Kevin C. Cox

Coaching changes typically yield handful of defections, regardless of the sport or the level at which it's being played. Surprisingly, that hadn't been the case for Louisville football and new/old head coach Bobby Petrino, at least until Friday.

A U of L spokesperson has confirmed that three Cardinal offensive linemen -- Nacho Garcia, Chandler Bridges and Cameron Fraser -- are leaving the program. Our friends at The Crunch Zone were the first to report the news.

Of the three, Garcia is easily the biggest blow. The rising junior started two games last season and appeared in seven, but suffered a knee injury in Louisville's win at South Florida on Oct. 26 and did not play the rest of the season. Bridges and Fraser were each freshmen who redshirted last season.

While not a crippling blow by any stretch of the imagination, this news certainly provides a hit to Louisville at a position where depth and talent was already a concern. It's also a crushing blow when it comes to U of L's status as a top-tier name program.