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The Cardinal Countdown: 23 Days Until Kickoff

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#23 Lyndarious Strange

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-1/195

Position: Safety

Hometown: Leon, FL

Twitter: @LyndariousS

Thoughts: The good news for the fans who dropped some cash on a Bad Rad #23 jersey is that you got two chances this year for a new player to emerge. The not so great news is that I doubt either of these true freshman will make a significant impact in year one. If I had to bet on one though, I’m going with Mr. Lyn Strange.

Strange comes to the Cards from Leon, Florida as a 3 star athlete ranked as a Top 100 safety in the country. Strange attended Louisville’s “Light Up The Ville” camp last year and committed to the Cards shortly thereafter, becoming only the second commitment in the 2017 class at that time. The Cards beat out some ACC foes in Miami and Syracuse and the local South Florida Bulls for the talents of Mr. Strange.

Lyndarious “Lyn” Strange was getting some love from Coach Ward last week and the depth chart actually had Strange running with the #2’s at the beginning of camp behind Cannon. I mentioned the other day how the Cards had an influx of talent in the secondary via the 2017 class and a couple key transfers. Strange is one of those guys for sure. Lots of talent, lots of speed, and so far (judging off a few weeks) he seems to be making a decent impact early.

Hold onto those #23 jerseys folks, Dr. Strange is about to operate.

Sweet Tweet:

Patent leather Jordans and some jeans they looking skinny,

Shoot a text up in my DMs I’ll hit you back, but I get so many.

Red and black Cardinal jack like I’m ‘bout to win a Heisman,

Testing Strange or any Tax Boy, you best not even try son.


#23 Jovel Smith

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 5-9/187

Position: Wide Reciever

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of Trinity High School)

Twitter: @JovelTerrell

Thoughts: Jovel is a local kid from Trinity who was the second leading receiver for the Rocks last year with 31 grabs for 530 yards and six touchdowns. Jovel has accepted a preferred walk-on spot this year for the Cards after calling Louisville a “good fit both academically and athletically” per a Steve Jones article back in February. One of the big benefits in my mind with grabbing the local athletes to fill in roster spots is that a lot of them have a great pride in their hometown school and usually grew up being a fan. Does they mean they’ll play harder or fight more than an out of town athlete? Not necessarily, but having that relationship and bond never hurts as everyone likes to put on and represent for their hometown. In that same Steve Jones article referenced above Jovel said "It has been a dream of mine since I was younger to play football for my city. So when I had the opportunity it was almost something I couldn't say no to."

If the Cards could sign two “Jovel Smith’s” I’d take that in a second…but since we can’t physically do that, how about they just take his identical twin Javon, instead? That’s right, Javon, who wasn’t on the roster back on Day 43 but has been added since, has also accepted a walk-on spot with the Cards at running back. Welcome on board Smith’s. I’m sure we’ll be doing plenty of “twinning” over the next four year. Sorry, had to.

Sweet Tweet:

Wide margins, 1.5 line spacing, using “very” and “actually” a lot when unnecessary, I can turn 9 pages into 10 pages in a matter of minutes. Stay woke, out there kids.