Motivation reveals itself in many different places.

Lorenzo Mauldin knows that… because he has seen most of those places… and more.

With a father out of the picture and a mother constantly struggling with alcohol abuse, Mauldin was passed from foster home to foster home – 16 of them, to be exact – while trying to be the man of his absent house well before he became a man.

But instead of following in the footsteps of role models that were substandard, Mauldin focused on football and landed a scholarship to play for Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina.

Eventually, Spurrier gave Mauldin's scholarship away… leaving him to start from scratch… and that's when his phone rang. It was Charlie Strong with a scholarship offer to Louisville.

A quick visit to Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium made the decision clear.

The football player without a home, had finally found one.

Now a sophomore, Mauldin has flown up the Cardinals' depth chart, with uncapped potential that screams National Football League. 

He's a man on a mission, rushing the passer with the ferocity of a defensive lineman in a china shop.

Because now, Lorenzo Mauldin has new motivation. A family. His Louisville Cardinals family.