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Did Louisville really defeat Florida?
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-With former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville, participating in the pregame coin ceremony, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, who is from Port St.John’s, Florida, predicted that the Cardinals were going to “shock the world” against the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl Wednesday night, January 2, in New Orleans.
And they did just that.
Lead by sophomore quarterback , who is from Miami, the Cardinals upset the Gators 33-23.
With the victory, chants of ‘‘Charlie, Charlie!’’ echoed through out the Superdome from a large section of enthusiastic Cardinal fans.
Charlie, of course, is Louisville’s third-year football coach Charlie Strong, who is the former defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators.
With the win, Louisville finished the season 11-2.
And with the lost, Florida finished the season 11-2.
With both teams posting the same records, people are still shocked that Louisville, a Big East school, known for basketball rather than football, could defeat a SEC powerhouse like Florida.
This is where the story gets interesting.
Why? Because, in this episode of the twilight zone, the philosophical questions remains….
Did Louisville really defeat Florida?
Or, did the state of Florida defeat Florida?
Why do I ask that question?
Because, the Louisville Cardinals have about 35 players from the state of Florida on its 2012 roster.
One, of course, is Teddy Bridgewater, who completed 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing to nine different receivers in the process.
The large number of Floridians on the Cardinals roster, of course has a lot to due with Coach Strong’s connection with the University of Florida and his ability to recruit.
Matter of fact, in my opinion, there were so many players from Florida playing for Louisville that they outnumbered the Florida fans in the Superdome during the Sugar Bowl.
Talk about home field advantage, how sweet is that..
Here is a list of all the Florida born athletes on the Louisville roster:
|1||Keith Brown||LB||6-1||230||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|2||Michaelee Harris||WR||6-2||193||SO||MIAMI, FL|
|3||Charles Gaines||CB||5-11||188||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|4||Robert Clark||WR||5-9||182||SO||PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL|
|5||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||6-3||218||SO||MIAMI, FL|
|7||Damian Copeland||WR||6-1||183||JR||BRADENTON, FL|
|8||Gerod Holliman||S||6-0||208||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|11||B.J. Dubose||DE||6-5||265||SO||OAKLAND PARK, FL|
|13||James Burgess||LB||6-0||213||FR||HOMESTEAD, FL|
|14||Andrell Smith||WR||6-3||217||SR||MIAMI, FL|
|15||Andrew Johnson||CB||5-9||187||SO||MIAMI, FL|
|18||Gerald Christian||TE||6-3||260||SO||PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL|
|19||Terell Floyd||CB||5-10||199||SO||FORT PIERCE, FL|
|20||Corvin Lamb||RB||5-9||205||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|23||Brandon Radcliff||RB||5-9||220||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|25||Calvin Pryor||S||6-2||213||SO||PORT SAINT JOE, FL|
|27||Jermaine Reve||S||6-0||188||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|28||Jeremy Wright||RB||5-11||205||JR||CLERMONT, FL|
|31||Champ Lee||LB||6-0||218||JR||LAKELAND, FL|
|34||George Durant||LB||6-0||235||JR||SAINT PETERSBURG, FL|
|43||Deon Rogers||LB||6-2||199||JR||PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL|
|44||B.J. Butler||DE||6-2||268||JR||KISSIMMEE, FL|
|46||Lamar Atkins||LB||5-11||223||FR||MIAMI, FL|
|48||Deiontrez Mount||DE||6-5||234||SO||FORT WALTON BEACH, FL|
|54||Mike Romano||C||6-4||281||FR||PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL|
|68||Kamran Joyer||OL||6-3||270||JR||TAMPA, FL|
|70||John Miller||OL||6-2||321||SO||MIAMI, FL|
|71||Chris Acosta||OL||6-3||280||SO||MIAMI, FL|
|72||Hunter Stout||DT||6-4||253||JR||TAMPA, FL|
|77||Abraham Garcia||OL||6-5||352||FR||FORT LAUDERDALE, FL|
|82||Eli Rogers||WR||5-10||185||SO||MIAMI, FL|
|85||Nate Nord||TE||6-5||245||SR||BOCA RATON, FL|
|96||Pedro Sibiea||DT||6-3||293||FR||HOMESTEAD, FL|
|99||Jamaine Brooks||DT||6-4||326||SO||MIAMI, FL|