I could look up a bunch of Auburn stats and piece together my own little preview of their offense for this season. It would be informative. Or I could have someone write about the Auburn offense that knows the team inside and out, and that is the direction I went. The average fan probably can tell you that Auburn will be ranked in the top 5 or top 10, and that they have a quarterback named Jeremy Johnson that is supposed to be pretty good. Why not learn a little bit more about the opening opponent for the Cards?
As you may or may not know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from 2008-2012 and still have some friends down that way. A friend of mine that I still keep in touch with is Scott Bagwell, one of the biggest Auburn fans I know, who is also a good writer. He is very knowledgeable and won’t just be an Auburn homer. He will tell it like it is, which is what we want. He attended SEC Media Day on Monday and then decided to help me (and all of you Louisville fans) out by writing a post about both the offense and the defense of Auburn. This post will focus on the offensive side of the ball. There will be another post to preview the defense soon.
Bobby Petrino likes quarterbacks. I believe we already knew that. He just got another one as JUCO QB Pat Thomas has sent in his letter of intent to Louisville and he will enroll on May 16. He is listed 6’4 and 185 lbs and is a dual-threat quarterback. He will have 3 years of eligibility at UofL.
Thomas was signed at UAB when Garrick McGee (UofL offensive coordinator) was the head coach there. When McGee came to Louisville, Thomas was released from his letter of intent.
In 2013 at Georgia Military College, Thomas threw for 1,695 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.
It looks like Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a pretty important visitor on Wednesday. According to Kipp Adams of 247 Sports, running back Jovon Robinson will be visiting the Cards. He is rated as the top JUCO player in the country by 247sports. He is listed at 6’0 and 220 pounds.
Robinson is from Memphis, Tennessee and actually was a member of Auburn’s football team in 2012 for a short time. Before the season started, he was declared ineligible because of an NCAA investigation over a grade change on his high school transcript.
He was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after he rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns for Georgia Military College.