The staff at ESPN.com came up with a pretty unique post. They took every jersey number from 1-99 and put together a list of the best player at each number for this coming season. For example, #9 probably would have been DeVante Parker in the 2014 version of this kind of post, meaning that DeVante was the best #9 in the entire country.
*A panel of reporters covering every Power 5 conference nominated players for each number then voted on the best.*
For this year, the Cards got two players on the list, both of the defensive side of the ball.
13 James Burgess, LB, Louisville
Burgess had 71 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, last year. He enters 2015 as a preseason All-ACC candidate. — A.A.
25 Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
Harvey-Clemons sat out last year after transferring from Georgia, but coaches raved about the spring he had. Harvey-Clemons played under Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham at Georgia. In his last season with the Bulldogs, Harvey-Clemons had 68 tackles and recovered three fumbles. — A.A.
Louisville’s first opponent, the Auburn Tigers, had one player make the list.
55 Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
When Lawson was lost for the season last year, Auburn’s defense took a major step back. Without him rushing the passer, the secondary struggled. But now he’s back and apparently quicker than he was before. In new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s system, expect him to shine. — A.S.