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The Cardinal Countdown: 85 Days Until Kickoff

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#85 Jordan Davis

Class: RS Sophomore

Ht/Wt: 6-4/263

Position: Tight End

Hometown: Clear Lake, TX

Twitter: @UKnowJD

Thoughts: If the name Jordan Davis doesn’t ring a bell, you’re probably in the same boat as numerous Cards fans. Davis transferred into the Louisville program last year from Texas A&M to help fill the void at the tight end position. Davis was heavily recruited by Coach Klenakis in high school (who just so happens to be the tight ends coach now) and loved his visit to Louisville last Spring. Knowing that both Hikutini and Towbridge would be gone after 2016 (a season he was forced to sit out due to transfer rules) Davis thought Louisville would be a good opportunity for him to fight for playing time, get to play with a talented QB, and be a part of prolific offense that loves to use the tight end. He’d be right on all three accounts.

There is no denying that Davis is an athlete, showing off some speed, route running, and blocking over the course of the last year while on campus. Coming out of High School Davis was considered a consensus Top 10 tight end in the country and would have actually been the highest rated recruit for the Cards in the 2015 class (yes, the class with both Lamar & Jaire). Davis has a nice frame and a good 20lb+ on the other three tight ends on the roster. Although he has admittedly had some struggles grasping the more sophisticated offense at Louisville, there is no doubt Davis will impact that side of the ball this season, he’s simply too big and too talented to keep off the field. I think he pushes Crum and Standberry in the fall, forcing Petrino to make a call on who he thinks can try and replace a lot of production coming from that position last year (Hikutini: 50rec/668yds/8 TDs).

In my opinion, I don’t think he steals the starting spot from Crum. I love Standberry but with his move back and forth from tight end to wide out and back again it’s difficult to envision him as a true #1 TE, especially when Petrino asks so much of them from a blocking standpoint. If you’ve read the countdown the last three years you know my feelings on Micky Crum [flashes Micky Crum Fan Club card], I love that dude. I honestly think he becomes Cole 2.0 in 2017 and…wait, I’ll save it. You can wait two more days for my thoughts on the Mickster, right?

Doesn’t matter, you have too.

Calendar don’t lie.

In the mean time, check out Jordan make some poor high school kids look like they just picked up a football for the first time a week before they lined up against him.

Bless their hearts.

Sweet Tweet:

This is likely going to be better answered by someone who has lived there in the last four years but I’ll throw out a few to get things rolling…

- Wild Eggs

- First Watch

- Shoney’s (Low key, solid boo-fea)

- Krispy Kreme (tough to beat a dozen donuts in my book)

What do you got…?