Louisville sophomore Breno Giacomini joined the Cardinal's program as an unknown to most last fall. What impressed many at that time was when the Malden, Massachusetts native turned down an opportunity to play basketball at Boston College to play football for Louisville.
However, since he first put on the Red and Black, Giacomini's on the field performance has been impressive. As a true freshman last fall, he saw action in each game as a reserve tackle and tight end. Midway through the 2004 season, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino made the decision to convert Giacomini from a tight end to an offensive tackle.
"Breno could end up being our next 6'7, 300-pound offensive tackle," he said at the time. "Eventually, he'll be exactly what you want in an offensive tackle."
Since that moment, Giacomini has been going through a transition of gaining weight and strength, while also learning an entire new scheme.
"It's hard to learn the new techniques and all of that, but besides that I am having fun with it," said Giacomini, who now measures 6'8, 280. "I want to get stronger and faster. As big as I am, I am still a little weak for my size, so my main goal is to get stronger so I can play in the trenches."
Giacomini worked with the 2nd unit
during spring practice
His desire to play in the trenches fuels his off season routine. He's participated in voluntary workouts nearly everyday, rain or shine.
"It's tougher than I thought it would be, but it's all to our advantage and it's making us better," he said. "That's why we are all coming out here everyday. This is how we are living pretty much."
The sophomore said that he has been impressed by the type of effort being given by those spending their summers lifting weights and running drills under the hot sun.
"I think we are looking good so far," he said. "Everybody's is already giving 110% and that's going to spill over onto the field this year."
And this year comes with some of the highest expectations ever placed upon a Cardinal football team. Top ten rankings are common and BCS possibilities are often discussed, but Giacomini isn't interested in reading or hearing about preseason predictions.
"I haven't picked up any of the magazines yet," he said. "I'm not paying any attention to all of that. I'm just trying to work as hard as I can, so I can help the team out."
While he may not be paying attention to the preseason hype, he is certain of the team goal for 2005.
"We want to be the number one team in the nation, just like every other team does," he said. "I think we are out working all of them though."