(via UofL Sports)
Jan. 10, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – - The University of Louisville football team is gearing up for the 2012 season amid a plethora of preseason notoriety, as the Cardinals have appeared in a number of early Top 25 polls for next season.
The Cardinals, who finished 2011 at 7-6 and shared the BIG EAST title with West Virginia and Cincinnati, have 18 starters back – eight on offense and 10 on defense – and are primed to be considered one of the better teams in the country.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be directing the offense, which also returns four of five starters on the offensive line and three of its top wide receivers. Defensively, the Cardinals lose linebacker Dexter Heyman and William Savoy, but return 10 others starters who competed in significant games last year. Louisville returns its entire starting secondary, including first team all-BIG EAST performers Hakeem Smith and Adrian Bushell.
Following the BCS Championship game on Monday night, many of the media sites released their Top 25 polls for next year. Louisville was tabbed 23rd by Athlon’s, 24th by the Bleacher Report and 25th by ESPN.com and CBSSports.com.
The Cardinals begin spring practice on March 21 with the 2012 Red-White Game slated for April 14.