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The Cardinal Countdown: 14 days until kickoff

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Andy Lyons

#14 Kyle Bolin

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Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-2/203

Position: Quarterback

Hometown: Lexington, KY

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Thoughts: Kyle will always have a special place in my heart because the kid from Lexington signed on to be a Cardinal very early in his high school career (first month or two into his Junior year I believe) and did nothing but show UofL love the whole time, including assisting in the recruiting process for some other players. The issue with Bolin has been, and continues to be, his health. As a senior in high school Bolin tore his ACL and missed a significant portion of the season. After surgery Bolin battled back and appeared to be close to 100% as the season began last year but with Teddy as the unquestionable starter and Gardner getting plenty of reps the last two years, Bolin did the smart thing and took a redshirt. While I for one thought that Bolin would potentially make a solid run at Gardner for the one, and if nothing else be our #2 QB, news was released a few weeks ago that Bolin was once again recovering from a knee injury (meniscus) and wasn't able to go full speed for most of the summer. I always feel bad for these kids who have worked so hard to get to this point but just can’t seem to avoid the injury bug. Bolin was a solid QB in high school with a 4/3 star rating from most and has the skills to be a great QB, especially in the offense Petrino runs. With Gardner appearing to have a lock on the #1 spot and Bonnafon settling in at #2 this season PT for Bolin maybe hard to come by as he continues to recover. The one benefit for Bolin is that in taking the redshirt last season he will still have four years of eligibility left (potentially five if they have any interest in a medical redshirt) and will have an opportunity to make an impact in the next few years. We've seen numerous instances over the years in college football where a Junior or Senior who paid their dues finally gets shot to start and ends up lighting the world on fire. I’m not making any predictions just yet but keep an eye on Bolin, he may surprise you.

Sweet Tweet: Bolin used to have a Twitter account, but closed it after so many loving UK fans sent him goodbye message for his journey to Louisville, including one wishing he would get Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

So obnotches.

Just in case you missed the very large "1" and "4" on the front page, we are now 14 days from kickoff, or two weeks according to the Mayan calendar. Start getting your tailgate playlists put together, start getting your tailgate menu put together, and you should probably go ahead and start working on that cornhole form. Seriously. You embarrassed yourself last season.