How will Bryce McNeal help Cardinals?

August, 16, 2012
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Louisville took a serious hit to its receiving corps last week when Michaelee Harris went out for the season with yet another knee injury.

But there was some hopeful news in the days after, when Louisville was able to add Clemson transfer Bryce McNeal to its roster. McNeal had initially hoped to land at UConn, but he was unable to get into graduate school there. So now he is at Louisville, and immediately eligible to play.

Receivers coach Ron Dugans told reporters Wednesday, "Just going through drills, you can tell that he has some ability. He has quick feet and good hands. We have to get him out there more and see what he can do. It takes a awhile to learn the system. Every guy doesn't learn the same. With some guys you get on the board and show them and other guys you can show them video."

He was then asked if McNeal can replace the production of Harris.

"We have to see how quickly he can develop," Dugans said. "Michaelee did some really good things for us. Bryce needs to get in shape. He needs to get out there and compete."

Louisville has some talented receivers already in DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers. Damian Copeland has had a nice camp as well, and former cornerback Charles Gaines is also working at receiver now. Andrell Smith is going into his senior season and hopes for a boost in production. But there is no question the Cardinals need to work on their depth, and the hope is that McNeal helps out this season.

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