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Former UAB Wide Receiver Picks Louisville Over Auburn

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With two seasons of eligibility remaining but in need of a new home, former UAB wide receiver Jamari Staples is headed to Louisville.

The 6'4, 190-pound junior-to-be picked U of L over Auburn, the team the Cardinals will open their 2015 season against.

As a freshman in 2012, Staples was UAB's second-leading receiver, hauling in 31 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries forced him to miss five games this past season, one which he finished with nine catches for 190 yards and a single score.

At Louisville Staples will be reunited with Garrick McGee, the former UAB head coach who left the program to become Bobby Petrino's offensive coordinator. McGee recruited Staples when he was a 2-star prospect coming out of high school.

In December, UAB announced that it would be shutting down its football program, leaving dozens of players like Staples needing a new home to finish their college careers.