When people think about the Louisville Cardinals football program, two names immediately come to mind: Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater.
Strong, of course, being one of the rising stars in the fraternity of Division I football coaches, and Bridgewater being a primary Heisman Trophy candidate in 2013. A few names some of us may not be as familiar with are among the wide receiving corps for the Cardinals that is the Big East’s best — and in fact may be one of the most underrated in the country.
Teddy Bridgewater will have a multitude of weapons at his disposal this coming fall including junior DeVante Parker, redshirt senior Damian Copeland, junior Eli Rogers and incoming freshman James Quick, who was rated among the top 20 2013 wideout prospects by most of the major recruiting sites.
Between Parker, Copeland and Rogers they had 1,877 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns in 2012. This trio was the focal point of a Cardinals offense that became more and more high octane as the season went on and spread the wealth throughout the corps and in the running game as well.
With the return of all three guys and the arrival of Quick — who many believe has the skills to make an instant impact for the Cardinals — teams both inside and outside of the Big East will have their hands full trying to contain the Louisville passing attack.
Senior running back Senorise Perry will key the running attack — especially with the departure of 2012’s leading rusher Jeremy Wright — but will be a fifth dangerous option for Bridgwater out of the backfield who has proven to be as adept as a receiver as a ball-carrier.
I know one thing — I wouldn’t want to be a Big East defensive coordinator tasked with trying to stop — or for that matter, even slow down — this high-0ctane Louisville Cardinals offense.
They should be a ton of fun to watch on Saturdays this fall.