Preparations for a new season have begun for the University of Louisville football team. Along with them come a variety of expectations, or a lack of them, for the diehards.
People who jumped ship or departed the bandwagon don’t qualify as diehards. They may or may not return, largely dependent on how the wins and losses stack up … during this season or in future seasons.
The diehards hope for improvement and wins but won’t be surprised if disappointed this season. They will be there come hell or high water.
*Â Â Â *Â Â Â *
One had to like what the players are saying about this team. Receiver Scott Long, in particular, has been outspoken in his views on how well things are coming together. Quarterback Adam Froman exudes an air of confidence. Running back Victor Anderson says they will surprise a lot of people.
Freshman Darius Ashley, who was one of the best high school running backs in Ohio, isn’t saying much, but watch for his actions to speak for him.
The coach? Steve Kragthorpe is better off taking Ashley’s lead. Cliches don’t work for him.
* * *
Plenty of individual talent. Depth is the big question. As usual, there are players who don’t make it to camp.
Louisville will be without Sean Farr, who failed to qualify, and Damien Dixon and Boogie McCray, who are transferring to other schools.Â Walk-on Ravelle Salder decided not to walk on. Mozell Axson has had a knee operation and has been placed on permanent medical scholarship.
However, the loss of personnel must be held to a minimum.