QB Brian Brohm

2006 Statistics

Coach: Steve Kragthorpe
1st year
2006 Record: 12-1
at Temple WON 62-0
at Kansas State WON 24-6
at Middle Tennessee WON 44-17
at Syracuse WON 28-13
at Rutgers LOST 25-28
at Pittsburgh WON 48-24
Wake Forest WON 24-13

2006 Final Rankings
AP-6, Coaches-7, BCS-6

2007 Outlook

The momentum was in place after a mere three points separated Louisville from a perfect season and their shot at the national title. Everything was looking great for ’07, that is until ex-head coach Bobby Petrino took the same job in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. Enter replacement Steve Kragthorpe, one of (if not) the earliest innovators of the spread attack on offense, who brings his right-hand man, OC Charlie Stubbs, and their unique approach from Tulsa. This was not a planned switch, so how this marriage - forced by UL’s necessity – works out is unknown. But having Jeff Brohm, QB coach and older brother of All-American senior Brian Brohm, still on the staff and now in charge of the passing game will go a long way toward assuring continued ball moving success in Derby Town. Even with only one loss last year, the defense looked porous enough against West Virginia to make real Cardinal fans aware of the single dimension that could again keep their team from ever challenging for a national title. The D cannot again get too big-headed when it beats up on the easy early non-cons (save Utah) lined up…the ending sequence of (at) West Virginia, (at) South Florida and Rutgers has to see the stopping unit shift into a higher gear. Watch UL climb in the ranking until then. The Cardinals have a real shot at the national title, but just getting the Big East’s automatic bid to the BCS has to be their initial/primary focus for the team’s full potential to be reached.

Projected 2007 record: 11-1
QB - 5 DL - 3.5
RB - 3.5 LB - 3.5
WR - 5 DB - 2.5
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Brian Brohm, 199-313-5, 3049 yds., 16 TD

Rushing: George Stripling, 81 att., 459 yds., 5 TD

Receiving: Harry Douglas, 70 rec., 1265 yds., 6 TD

Scoring: Arthur Carmody, 21-25 FG, 60-60 PAT, 123 pts.

Punting: Corey Goettshe, 24 punts, 38.5 avg.

Kicking: Arthur Carmody, 21-25 FG, 60-60 PAT, 123 pts.

Tackles: Malik Jackson, 57 tot., 49 solo

Sacks: Malik Jackson, 9 sacks

Jon Russell, 3 for 96 yds.

Kickoff Returns: JaJuan Spillman, 15 ret., 27.9 avg., 1 TD

Punt Returns: Patrick Carter, 18 ret., 5.9 avg., 0 TD


K Arthur Carmody


OFFENSE: Kolby Smith-RB, Kurt Quarterman-OG, Renardo Foster-OT, Michael Bush-RB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Zach Anderson-DE, Amobi Okoye-DT, Abe Brown-WLB, Nate Harris-MLB, Gavin Smart-CB, William Gay-CB, Brandon Sharp-FS

Getting All-American quarterback Brian Brohm to come back for his senior campaign is the most important thing for this offense to remain nearly unstoppable. But in getting new coordinator Charlie Stubbs to join new head coach and offensive genius Steve Kragthorpe so that they can bring their magic to UL, the possibilities seem endless. Pre-Kragthorpe (Petrino era) saw lots of traditional sets that had this offense ranked second for total effort…under the Missoula-native and his secret weapon (Stubbs), this offense can enter the 21st century in style. Most forget that Brohm, a superior hurler who is already on most Heisman short lists, can run pretty well, and that speed, like his keen mind for the intricacies of the game, will be an asset for the creative things he will soon be doing. Backup Hunter Caldwell proved his worth last year – his rating was higher than Brohm’s while Brian was injured. UL’s two main targets both return with All-Big East status, and a better pair of receivers cannot be found. Junior Mario Urrutia uses his 6’5 frame and gifted reach to pluck almost anything thrown his way out of the air, while senior Harry Douglas uses speed and cuts to get into deep open space. * Opponent alert…watch out for reserve receiver and ex-QB Patrick Carter throwing downfield on reverses. Also, where and how senior TE/HB Gary Barnidge (16.5 yards per catch) is utilized in this new-look offense remains a mystery, but his threat will keep the deep middle open, or else. Kragthorpe inherits a highly capable RB posse whose competition will only benefit the Card’s already potent running attack. Returning leading rusher George Stripling is the svelte type who is almost as dangerous in the flat (team high 19.4 ypc), while soph Anthony Allen is the thunder to Stripling’s lightning and a sure bet to convert at the goal line (13 TDs). Fullback Brock Bolen’s destiny is also undetermined, but his production and value can only help open up other variables if he is allowed to keep linebackers honest. Of course, this will all work due to a young-but-experienced line that doesn’t have a weak link. Left tackle George Bussey and center Eric Wood both earned all-conference accolades as sophomores, and the reshuffling of second-stringers Breno Giacomini and Marcel Benson into the open slots will work well right away. As long as Kragthorpe keeps it simple to start, the learning curve can kick in and his entire playbook will eventually be utilized with maximum impact.


WR Harry Douglas


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Brian Brohm-Sr (6-4, 224) Hunter Cantwell-Jr (6-4, 230)
FB Brock Bolen-Jr (6-0, 240) Joe Tronzo-So (5-11, 243)
RB George Stripling-Jr (6-0, 192) Anthony Allen-So (6-1, 232)
WR Mario Urrutia-Jr (6-6, 220) Troy Pascley-Fr (6-2, 185)
WR Harry Douglas-Sr (5-11, 170) Chris Vaughn-Jr (6-3, 223)
WR Patrick Carter-Sr (6-3, 215) Scott Long-So (6-2, 215)
TE Gary Barnidge-Sr (6-6, 230) Scott Kuhn-Sr (6-5, 255)
OT George Bussey-Jr (6-2, 295) Brian Roche-So (6-5, 304)
OG Danny Barlowe-Sr (6-5, 290) Marcus Gordon-Sr (6-6, 320)
C Eric Wood-Jr (6-4, 301) Nick Borgelt-Jr (6-3, 291)
OG Marcel Benson-Sr (6-6, 310) Mike Donoghue-So (6-3, 296)
OT Breno Giacomini-Sr (6-7, 300) Jeffrey Adams-Fr (6-8, 309)
K Art Carmody-Sr (5-8, 165) Todd Flannery-Sr (6-0, 205)



Like on offense, the youth movement along the line will come to fruition this season. Helping to assure that this occurs is coordinator Mike Cassity, who remains from the last administration to provide continuity to the defensive proceedings. Significant departures amongst the bigmen seem replaceable with new faces who offer as much promise. just less proof of their prowess. Quick junior tackle Adrian Grady is a prime example – his modest numbers last year don’t speak for his surge this spring as a leader through example. Similarly, athletic freak Deantwan ‘Peanut’ Whitehead was solid enough as a freshman to start most of last year, while reserve tackle L.T. Walker has proven nearly unstoppable in his limited duty. The depth from recent recruiting classes is there, too. All of the revampings up front won’t hinder run stopping production, especially since three experienced starters return to the linebacking corps. Senior ex-DB Malik Jackson, the only regular starter back, rules his strongside with an uncanny ability in run support. Senior Smith and Myles (three FFs) saw the field extensively and even started when needed; both are mobile powerhouses who will need more big plays to keep the tradition at LB strong here. New reserves need to be found, too. The secondary, already rebuilding, had to again adjust to a new coach this spring when Keith Patterson, the new arrival with Kragthorpe from Tulsa, returned to his former Oklahoma haunt and Mike Mallory was grabbed from Kansas to fill the DB coaching vacancy. Junior Rod Council is thrust into the start at corner, and a trio of classmates who served in backup roles on the outside will vie for the other starting slot. Getting the top JUCO transfer, 6’2 CB Woodny Turenne, will surely put him in the mix there somewhere. Russell and Thomas were the first-team pair at safety all spring - Russell’s big play mentality mixed with ex-WR Thomas’ yet-to-be-seen upside after his huge showing as a true frosh means no lull in Louisville’s production here. UL only allowed four foes to get more than 20 points off of them (only one to break 30), but allowing 78 points in the fourth represented the largest point total of any quarter by far for foes, so the new administration has to motivate this D for a full 60 minutes to maximize its potential.


LB Malik Jackson


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Brandon Cox-Sr (6-4, 260) Jonathan Holston-Jr (6-6, 250)
DT Adrian Grady-Jr (6-2, 291) L.T. Walker-Fr (6-4, 320)
DT Earl Heyman-Jr (6-3, 290) Willie Williams-Sr (6-4, 305)
DE Deantwan Whitehead-So (6-6, 250) Michael Adams-So (6-3, 230)
SLB Malik Jackson-Sr (6-2, 230) Terrance Butler-Sr (6-3, 225)
MLB Lamar Myles-Jr (6-1, 220) Mozell Axson-Jr (6-1, 230)
WLB Preston Smith-Sr (6-1, 219) Stephen Garr-So (6-1, 190)
CB Rod Council-Jr (5-11, 190) Travis Norton-Jr (6-0, 177)
CB Bobby Buchanan-Sr (5-11, 190) Lamar Alston-Jr (6-0, 180)
S Latarrius Thomas-So (6-2, 213) Richard Raglin-Jr (6-2, 182)
S Johnathan Russell-Sr (5-10, 194) Deon Palmer-Sr (5-10, 206)
P Corey Goettshe-So (6-0, 195) Todd Flannery-Sr (6-0, 205)




Groza Award winner and All-American Art Carmody can hit five yard field goals…from the sideline hash-mark, proving his literal ability to split the uprights in any circumstance. Both punters are decent control-types, but the net results could use some help after finishing a disappointing 87th. JuJuan Spillman should garner both return hats after he ruled each area as just a freshman.