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The Cardinal Countdown: 13 Days Until Kickoff

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#13 Braden Carnes

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-0/190

Position: Quarterback

Hometown: Greenback, TN

Twitter: @CarnesBraden

Thoughts: The story on quarterback Braden Carnes is an interesting one for sure. The prospect out of Tennessee shared QB responsibilities early in his high school career and didn't put much on film his first couple seasons, so the D-I calls weren’t coming for the sub six foot QB. Braden slid over to Greenback High School as an upperclassman and absolutely lit it up from a statistical perspective. He ranked first in the entire state of Tennessee in passing yards (4,141!!), yards per game, and touchdowns. He was showing out, and the Cards showed up.

After some initial contact from the staff Coach Ponce rolled in gave him the old ‘D-Wade’ charm, and when Braden saw the campus he was in. The only caveat for Braden is that due to UofL reaching their scholarship limit Carnes will greyshirt and not take a scholly until the spring after a few players depart.

Right now, today, Carnes is not likely to see many live reps anytime soon but the clips below show that Carnes can place the ball really well and his flashes of elusiveness make me think he could fit really well in the system Ponce/Satterfield run. While we’re not going full Petrino (never go full Petrino) we are pulling in a handful of QBs that could provide for some interesting chatter next season (assuming Cunningham does not return).

Sweet Tweet:

Maybe this is what it takes…”Mr. Bojangles” commits to play for the Cards and then…Louisville get’s a Bojangles shortly thereafter. It’s gonna happen.


#13 Kei’Trel Clark

Class: Sophomore

Ht/Wt: 5-10/165

Position: Defensive Back

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Twitter: @JadarienB

Thoughts: In the past when Louisville had a player “land in their lap” the red flags went up and sirens went off, but the story on Clark is a bit simpler. Liberty University, his former home where he played in all 13 games and played exceptionally well as a freshman, was doing and/or saying some stuff that didn’t really jive with Clark and he felt it was best to move on from the program. Coach Bryan Brown and staff reached out and a couple weeks later Clark was committed. The big question was when his new career path at Louisville was to begin, in 2020, or would the absence of a waiver mean he had to wait until 2021? Enter compliance queen Lauren M. Rust…

Trel can play…and he can play now. The staff has been raving about Clark’s ability to absorb the playbook, come in with a positive attitude and make play after play. Adding Clark give the Brown’s (Bryan/Sha’Don) another piece to put in the secondary and not experience any drop off. I think their confidence in the two deep just took a step up and the defense overall should reap the benefits of some additional experience. In the clip below from back in his high schools days one word comes to mind after checking him out. Instincts. If you can find a player who has great football instincts AND the athletic ability to capitalize on those instincts you’ve got a great player. Dare I say it…I see a bit of Jaire in the tape. Judge for yourself.

Sweet Tweet:

Not sure if Clark is giving an interview or auditioning to be the next Jedi….either way, I’m onboard.