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BOZICH | Louisville depth chart notes; Ballard's Adell shines; Griffey's big moment

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Notes on the Louisville football team, Ballard High School baseball star Jordon Adell and Ken Griffey Jr. Notes on the Louisville football team, Ballard High School baseball star Jordon Adell and Ken Griffey Jr.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Five quick hits for Friday before I disappear for a week of vacation (without a Monday Muse):

1. The University of Louisville football program shared the depth chart for the 2016 team on the GoCards.com website this week.

I tried to compare it to the depth chart from the start of the 2015 season. I failed.

With reason. Louisville did not include a depth chart in the Cardinals’ 2015 media guide. I’m not certain what that says, but I’ll speculate:

Coach Bobby Petrino is considerably more certain and confident with his 2016 team than he was with the team that he coached into the 2015 season. The coaching staff knows Petrino has identified the playmakers on both sides of the ball.

2. Another U of L depth chart note: The transition from Charlie Strong players to Bobby Petrino players continues to escalate at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Of the 22 players listed as likely first teamers for the 2016 Cardinals, nine have connections to the Strong era while 13 are guys that Petrino and his staff recruited in their first two classes here.

The biggest changeover has been on offense where only three of Strong’s guys are listed as first-teamers – receiver James Quick; halfback Brandon Radcliff and center Tobijah Hughley, a former walk-on.

3. Ballard High School baseball star Jordon Adell is blowing up on the national scene. J.J. Cooper of Baseball America magazine tweeted on Friday that Adell put on a hitting show during scouting day at the Under Armour All-American camp in Chicago.

Tommy Stokke of Today’s Knuckleball web site wrote this story about Adell that was headlined:

What if Bo Jackson played only baseball? Meet Jordon Adell.

Adell is orally committed to the University of Louisville, but Stokke wrote that Adell is ranked the Number One position player among high school guys for the 2017 Baseball Free Agent Draft.

Adell is one of two underclassmen invited to play at Wrigley Field Saturday. He was clocked at 6.19 in the 60-yard dash, a faster time than Mike Trout ran as a high school senior.

4. It’s always wise to practice safe hype, especially in baseball.

Former University of Louisville outfielder Corey Ray has discovered the transition to professional baseball is tricky. Drafted fifth overall by the Milwaukee Brewers last month, Ray has struggled through his first 17 pro games. (Stats link.)

In 81 plate appearances, Ray has managed three extra-base hits – two doubles, a triple and zero home runs. He’s batting .234 with 15 strikeouts and four walks. Ray has stolen one base and been thrown out twice – after stealing 44 bases in 53 attempts at Louisville in 2016.

5. Ken Griffey Jr. goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. Griffey was the rare first-ballot Hall of Famer, but most Reds’ fans will tell you they wish Griffey would have been a little bit greater in Cincinnati.

His return to his hometown from Seattle in 2000 did not unfold as planned. The Reds never made a post-season run. Griffey hit 40 home runs one time. He never finished in the top 20 in National League MVP balloting.

Griffey was a great player, a guy who was never stained with performance-enhancing drug allegations like other players of his generation.

Griffey just wasn’t as great as Reds’ fans hoped he would be.

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