LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Will 2016 be the third consecutive season that the University of Louisville football team will be stronger on defense than offense?

It’s too soon to say, but the pre-season forecasters don’t have time to wait for developments like practice and games. The game is on to collect readers for college football content, especially with the local college baseball season over and more than a week until the NBA Draft.

AthlonSports.com has started to post its material on Louisville and the Atlantic Coast. A dozen individual U of L players have been named on Athlon’s top four offensive, defensive and special teams.

The breakdown is six defensive players, five from offense and one special teams player. (Here is the story link.)

U of L quarterback Lamar Jackson was named to the second team, behind Deshaun Watson of Clemson as well as Brad Kaaya of Miami. I asked Athlon’s Steven Lassan if Jackson was close to taking the spot on the second team.

“We thought Kaaya was a clear No. 2 quarterback in the league for 2016,” Lassan wrote in an e-mail. “From a national perspective, we thought Kaaya was a top-10 quarterback, while Jackson is just outside of that range, right around No. 15.

“There's not a huge gap, but we think Kaaya is going to have a good year under (new Miami coach) Mark Richt and rank as the No. 2 QB in the league.”

I also asked Lassan which Louisville players were closest to making the fourth team?

“On the players that just missed, Reggie Bonnafon nearly made the fourth team as an all-purpose player, with Chucky Williams at safety also in contention for a spot,” Lassan wrote.

“Linebacker Trevon Young was also in the mix, but he was tough to put on the all-conference team with the uncertainty surrounding his recovery from injury for 2016.”

Here are the Cards who were recognized by Athlon.

First-Team Defense

LB Devonte Fields

LB Keith Kelsey

Second-Team Offense

OL Geron Christian

Second-Team Defense

S Josh Harvey-Clemons

Third-Team Offense

QB Lamar Jackson

WR Jamari Staples

Third-Team Defense

DL DeAngelo Brown

CB Trumaine Washington

Fourth-Team Offense

WR James Quick

TE Cole Hikutini

Fourth-Team Defense

CB Shaq Wiggins

Fourth-Team Specialists

PR Jaire Alexander

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