If the University of Louisville football team has a passing attack, Doug Beaumont (inset) will be an integral part of it. The 2006 Mr. Football in Kentucky is stepping into new territory as a leading wide receiver this season. His mom, Sheree Beaumont, was on hand for the Kickoff Bash Friday evening. She says Doug is the silent type, preferring to let his actions on the field do the talking for him. One would hope those actions speak loudly as the 2008 football season begins.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.