Green Bay Packers make Jason Spitz a first day selection
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Senior offensive guard Jason Spitz of the University of Louisville football team was selected in the third round of the National Football League Draft on Saturday evening by the Green Bay Packers.
Spitz was the 75th selection overall on the day and was the only Cardinals' player to be drafted on the first day. He's the first U of L offensive lineman to be drafted since Roman Oben was a third round selection in 1996.
Spitz is a versatile and physical athlete who can play both guard positions. He started his final 39 straight games for the Cardinals at guard and earned post-season accolades in each of his last three seasons. He was a first team All-BIG EAST honoree this season after leading Louisville to a 9-3 record and a berth in the 2006 Toyota Gator Bowl.
"I'm very happy to be going to a great franchise like Green Bay," said Spitz. "I'm very excited and it's a dream come true. I was getting pretty nervous, but this is a great situation. I think I have an oportunity through hard work to get playing time in my first season so it's a great situation for me."
Playing on an offense that led the county in total offense and scoring in 2004, Spitz played 12 games at guard and earned second team All-Conference USA honors. He was a second-team honoree in 2003, as well.
"Jason started every game while I've been the head coach of the University of Louisville," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "Jason is a tenacious player and a fierce competitor. I know he can be successful at the next level. I'm happy for him and his family."
Three Cardinals selected on Day 2 of NFL Draft
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Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Brandon Johnson and defensive tackle Montavious Stanley of the University of Louisville football team were drafted on the second day in the National Football League Draft on Sunday.
Dumervil was the 29th selection in the fourth round and the 126th player taken overall by the Denver Broncos. Johnson was the ninth pick in the fifth round and the 142nd overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals and Stanley was the 13th pick in the sixth round and the 182nd overall by the Dallas Cowboys.
I like the siutation in Denver," said Dumervil. "I'm in a good position with them. I was hoping to go in the first day of the draft. They told me they wanted me to play defensive end so I'm excited about that. I'm just thankful for the opportunity to continue my career."
Last season, Dumervil was one of the most dominating players in collegiate football, leading the nation in sacks with 20 and was named the Bronko Nagurski Award winner as the nation's top defensive player. The 6-0, 255-defensive end was third on the team in tackles with 66 and had 10 forced fumbles.
A native of Miami, Fla., Dumervil was tabbed the BIG EAST's Defensive Player of the Year, as well as being named a first team All-American by the AFCA, Walter Camp Foundation and the Associated Press. He set an NCAA record with six sacks against Kentucky and for sacks in consecutive games with nine.
Johnson, a gifted athlete, also had an outstanding season for the Cardinals. He led the team in tackles with 72 a tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. He had three games of 10 tackles or more last year, including a season-high 11 against West Virginia and Connecticut. He earned second team All-BIG EAST honors a year ago.
Stanley played in 11 games for the Cardinals before injuring his shoulder after the Conbecticut game, which forced him out the Gator Bowl against Virginia Tech. The 6-2, 321-pounder from Albany, Ga., was fifth on the team in tackles with 46 and third with 5.5 sacks. He was a second team All-BIG East honoree.
Dumervil, Johnson and Stanley are the fourth Cardinals to be drafed after Jason Spitz was a third round selection by the Green Bay Packers.