U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff have a number of key vacancies to fill. Three starters from both the offensive and defensive lines are gone. The team's leading tackler has departed, as have the top two receivers from last year's ninth-rated offense.
There's plenty of room for a few new stars - some who have waited patiently for their turn on the depth chart, while others are either redshirt freshmen or transfers. Here's a look at six that we're looking forward to watching when practice begins.
|# 38 | Brock Bolen | Fullback|
|Following his transfer from Illinois, fullback Brock Bolen has spent the past year learning the Bobby Petrino offense and he has looked good doing so. The 6-foot, 235-pound brusing, and deceptively quick fullback provides an additional weapon to an already dangerous offense.|
|# 68 | George Bussey | Left Guard|
|The sophomore from Louisville Western High School filled in quietly - which is perfect for an offensive lineman - for an injured tackle Jeremy Darveau last fall, but will make the move to guard this spring.|
|# 4 | Pat Carter | Wide Receiver|
|Since the time he stepped on campus we have heard and seen nothing but promising things from Georgia Tech transfer Pat Carter. The former Scout.com three-star quarterback prospect could play a handful of positions - on both sides of the ball. While he is joining a talented group of receivers, the need for depth at quarterback this spring means Carter will likely see time behind center as well.|
|# 71 | Marcus Gordon | Right Tackle|
|Four-star junior college transfer Marcus Gordon, who measures in at 6-foot-6, 316-pounds, redshirted the 2005 season and will compete with Renardo Foster for the vacancy left by Jeremy Darveau.|
|# 98 | Jonathan Holston | Defensive End|
|Defensive end Jonathan Holston is one of a handful of potential impact players along the defensive line. The 6-foot-6, 239-pounds redshirt freshman will compete with junior Brandon Cox and fellow redshirt freshman Michael Adams for the end opposite senior Zach Anderson.|
|# 84 | Scott Long | Wide Receiver|
|Despite spending the '05 season as a redshirt, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver still traveled and dressed for each game. Now after watching the action from the sideline the physical receiver now appears primed to make a run at one of the vacant spots left by Joshua Tinch and Montrell Jones.|