Louisville may lose two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Lamar Jackson to the NFL Draft after this season, but the future remains bright for the Cardinal football team.
Monday, ESPN’s David Hale included Louisville linebacker Dorian Etheridge in his f reshman All-America team.
Etheridge, a true freshman from Charleston, West Virginia, was second on the team with 66 tackles this season. That was the third-most of any true freshman playing for a Power 5 team. Etheridge also had three tackles for loss and broke up two passes. Twice, against Boston College on Oct. 14 and against Syracuse on Nov. 18, Etheridge recorded double-digit tackles.
Hale’s original list of freshman All-Americans also included Louisville wide receiver Dex Fitzpatrick, who caught 45 passes for 699 yards and a team-high 9 touchdowns on the season. However, a later version of Hale’s story replaced Fitzpatrick with Justin Hall of Ball State. It is unclear why.
Cardinals tackle Mekhi Becton may have also been snubbed. Becton, a true freshman, started all 12 games this season at right tackle.
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