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The Cardinal Countdown: 87 Days Until Kickoff

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

#87 Dez Fitzpatrick

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-2/200

Position: Wide Reciever

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Twitter: @dezfitz8

Thoughts: I remember it like it was yesterday. I was scrolling through twitter, unaware of any future recruiting announcements that day (I don’t follow recruiting that close) and I saw a link to a video from Bleacher Report pop up in my timeline for 4-star Wideout, Dez Fitzpatrick. The name rung a bell and I thought he was a Louisville target, so I watched…

Soooo, that was awesome. Over the next 5-10 minutes I started seeing the news blow up in local media outlets and many national outlets, highlighting what a big get Fitzpatrick was for the Louisville program, which prompted me to go watch some tape of Dez back in high school. Thirty minutes later I was still swimming through YouTube videos and in full agreement that the Cards indeed had some high level talent coming into the program.

Fast forward to today , over 491 days since that video was released, and we have still yet to see Dez suit up for the real deal, and if you’re an avid countdown follower who can do rudimentary math we know we still have another [scrolls back to top of page] 88 days on top of that before we go live with football that counts. Enough with the practices, enough with the redshirt, I’m ready for the Dez-manian Devil [trademark bitches] to put on a show in the red and black!

While most fans had heard of Fitzpatrick, Dez certainly had a coming out party of sorts in the Spring game, getting 9 grabs for 176 yards and 2 TDs. Is that good? That sounds good? Dez put on a show for the fans who made the trip, flashing his speed (80 yard TD), his route running, his fearlessness across the middle, and his ability to high point the ball (another TD). I thought the young man put together a nice little highlight tape, and the ACC Digital Network agreed…

Already being pegged as a “breakout star” from the ACC Network, called “the guy to watch in 2017” from local media, and having the best Louisville Countdown blogger in the country saying he’s a future first rounder is a lot of weight on those freshman shoulders. The Cards have other threats at wideout, very talented threats actually, especially with a Heisman trophy winning signal caller, but something tells me Petrino will not be able to keep Dez off the field this year, and after 491 days…and counting, I’m ready to see it happen.

Sweet Tweet:

Me either Dez. Just keep your head down, keep grinding, show no emotion, be tough. Tears, smiles, laughs, all signs of weakness. We can’t afford…[sees video playing out the corner of my eye]…. We can’t afford to show any signs of weakn-…wait, what is that video? Is that a-…oh,no…

[sobbing uncontrollably]…it’s okay to cry Dez. Let it out man.