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March 2, 2005The University of Louisville released the Spring Football Prospectus Wednesday and like any good football fan, the first place we checked was the roster. In football, with 85-100 players on roster at any given time, roster changes and updates can be interesting and frequent. Players who signed last year aren't on the Spring roster and players who signed, but didn't show in the Fall are now on the list. Who's In? Who's Out? Who gained 47 pounds? Who is two inches shorter? CardinalSports.com broke down the roster pages and gives you the breakdown.
Click here for a link to U of L's website and the new Spring Football Prospectus available for download.
Some years, the Spring Football Prospectus can provide a never-ending supply of nuggets of knowledge, and this year might be even better. At a whopping 70 pages, U of L Football S.I.D. Rocco Gasparro and company have outdone themselves with this impressive book that is jam-packed with interesting reading for the rabid Cardinal football fan. Here are just a few of the things we've noticed on first read:
Louisville added two junior college players, one transfer and two more true freshmen to the Spring roster who were not on scholarship last Fall.
Mozell Axson- 6-1, 230 Linebacker from Lakeland, Fla. (Fr.)
Brock Bolen- 6-0, 235 Fullback from Germantown, Oh. (Illinois transfer- So.)
Marcus Gordon- 6-6, 320 Offensive Lineman from Highland Community College (Jr.)
Davis Manning- 6-5, 225 Quarterback from Huntsville, Ala. (Fr.)
Stevin Williams- 5-8, 153 Wide Receiver from Dodge City Community College (So.)
Players No Longer on Roster
Louisville lost a talented senior class in 2005 including at least seven who will try their hand in the NFL. In addition, the new Spring Roster also doesn't include:
Non-scholarship players: Ben Brooks, Dale Golsby, Justin Hargens, Robert Haskins, Etian Johnson and Steven McKinney.
Scholarship players no longer listed include:
Interesting Numerical Notes
Two Trips to the Buffet Line
The jump from high school to college football is so drastically different than in basketball that it takes many fans a while to get used to the massive weight gains they see on roster numbers. Trust us, these are good things. College football players, especially linemen can gain 20-30 pounds their freshman year.
We looked at the player's listed weight in high school in the Rivals.com database, and checked it against their current weight after a year and a half of dedicated strength, conditioning and training table. Here's a look at some of the players who have transformed their bodies in their freshman year to get ready for 2005.
More gravy, please.
and last but certainly not least, All-American quarterback Brian Brohm who picked up 24 pounds since his high school days at Trinity. He's now up to 6-4, 224-pounds after tipping the scales in high school at 200.
Stay Logged on to CardinalSports.com for more notes and interesting tidbits from the Spring Football Prospectus