Fans discouraged by the University of Louisvile’s less than impressive win over Murray State may want to cut a little slack.
Twenty U of L players were appearing in their first college football game ever, including 12 of the 20-member freshman class and six redshirt freshmen. Seven players were first-time starters.
- True freshmen (12) — Teddy Bridgewater, Jamon Brown, Kamran Joyner, Stephan Robinson, John Miller, Andrew Johnson, Lorenzo Mauldin, B. J. DuBose, Calvin Pryor, Justin Gilmore, Terrell Floyd, and DeVonte Parker.
- Redshirt freshmen (7) –Michaelee Harris, Jamaine Brooks, Jake Smith, Kamal Hagan, Grant Donovan, and Jarel McGriff-Carver.
- Upper classmen in first game (2): George Durant and Nick Heuser.
- First time starters (7): Preston Brown (LB), Hector Hernandez (LT), Andrew Johnson (CB), Ryan Kessling (RT), Jake Smith (RG), John Miller (LG), and Michaelee Harris (WR).
- Number of players from Florida noted above (14) — Bridgewater, Harris, Hernandez, Kessling, Joyer, Brooks, Smith, Miller, Johnson, DuBose, Pryor, Floyd, Durant and McGriff-Carver.
Behind the eight ball, practically starting from scratch, green as it gets. But Charlie Strong had expectations, they had to get the job, first game or not, no newby excuses.