LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As the Cardinals have cruised to four straight wins to start the season, the repetitiveness of the post game press conference has mirrored the play on the field. Teddy Bridgewater's near flawless performances, the complete lack of genuine competition, and a constant curiosity as to the location of Freshman James Quick.
Radio shows, blogs and barbershop banter has centered around a local freshman that's not seeing the field. Quick's commitment generated buzz because of his skill level and local roots. I'm beginning to believe it was mainly attributed to the latter.
One of the main disconnects between Charlie Strong and the Louisville fan base has been the lack of recruitment of local players. UofL fans know the crop is more fruitful in Florida but still desire local stars reach the roster. More than a sense of community pride it seems to be based in insecurity. 'Charlie, we've got good football players in Kentucky too. Show the nation!' He has...his name is DeVante Parker.
James Quick doesn't deserve to be on the field yet. Point blank. The Cardinals's receiving corps is not only the deepest position on the team, it's one of the deepest in the nation. It's not an indictment to any lack of skill in Quick, it's a testament to a changed culture under Charlie Strong. Freshman don't have to play right away, the sales pitch has gotten stronger than instantaneous satisfaction.
I doubt Charlie Strong promised playing time and I doubt that Quick is questioning his decision because of it. Copeland, Parker and the rest of the receivers have all shown a dedication to development under WR Coach Ron Dugans. James Quick will undoubtedly be a featured star at Louisville. In the meantime, let's appreciate the fact that he doesn't have to fill that role as a Freshman for the Cards to have success.
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