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The Cardinal Countdown: 21 Days Until Kickoff

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#21 Aidan Robbins

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-3/230

Position: Running Back

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

Twitter: @theaidanrobbins

Thoughts: No matter what happens in the next 2-3 seasons Aidan will always hold a special place in my fandom due to his commitment when not a lot of local prospects were giving Louisville a sniff (and rightfully so, maybe). Robbins has been in the program for a bit but from an eligibility standpoint he still has 3-4 seasons he can contribute to the cause.

Robbins got a bit more PT last year acting as a situational back at times and getting some late clock against Syracuse. Robbins only finished 2020 with 10 rushing yards on five attempts but it wasn’t the number of carries that were significant to me in his “RS Freshman” season, it was the trust the staff had in putting him out there in close contests, knowing he could make a block or push for a few yards if they needed him. The challenge for Aidan is that even with the departure of Hawkins the RB room continues to stack up talented bodies, adding Desrosiers, ‘Cuse transfer Jawhar Jordan, and highly rated recruit Trevion Cooley.

The good news for Robbins is that him and Mitchell are clearly the “big body” backs carrying around over 20lbs more than the other backs in the room, and in Aidans case at least another 3” in height as well. While I’m not sure how Robbins will fit in the mix in 2021 we know Satt loves the ground game so having 4-5 guys they feel comfortable putting out there likely means we will see 4-5 guys put out there. I think we see everyone in that room at some point this year with maybe only one exception.

Sweet Tweet:

This was from last year, but I think they likely have a claim about being Top 15 this year as well when the dust settles. Some solid performers in the room who just haven’t had a ton of opportunity yet.

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#21 Greedy Vance

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 5-10/155

Position: Defensive Back

Hometown: Kenner, LA

Twitter: @iam_ivxiiii

Thoughts: Greedy will likely go down in the list of Top 10 names all-time at UofL, but I know Vance is looking to get some recognition beyond his nickname.

Geedy was a solid pull last year from a spot just outside New Orleans. He got some early run as a freshman, appearing in six of the ten contests, and even hit the stat sheet against Florida State with a solo tackle. As he prepares to enter Season #2 Greedy is looking to be the first option off the bench on either side of the field as officially he’s backing up Kei’Trel Clark but Coach Brown thought he might also be the first option behind Chandler Jones as well. While the official statistics still have him at 155 I know last year he bulked up some and added some weight to his frame, which I think is key to him getting significant reps. Vance at 155 is the “lightest” guy on the whole team and having him on an island in the ACC against a 6-3/225 wideouts is a concern.

Watching the limited reps from last year and then refreshing my memory from his high school film I do like Greedy and his coverage skills and think he will be a great piece on that side of the ball once he gets his bearings and a few more reps under the bright lights.

Sweet Tweet:

I don’t have that in my bag, but if you need a fade you can pull up a chair in the kitchen anytime.