The Louisville football team will be without two players for the remainder of the 2020 football season, according to reports.
On Monday morning, a report surfaced that Thurman Geathers, a redshirt sophomore outside linebacker, and junior safety Trenell Troutman have opted out of the Louisville football season. These reports originated from Chris Person of Rivals.com.
Person originally reported that a linebacker was opting out of the season on Twitter. You can read that tweet and more here (subscription required).
The report from Rivals was confirmed by Cameron Teague of the Courier Journal that the linebacker who opted out was, in fact, Thurman Geathers.
You can read the report on Troutman here (subscription required). Troutman put out some evidence of a possible parting of ways with Louisville in a tweet Monday morning.
Geathers played in every Louisville football game this season prior to Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech. He recorded four tackles and one half-sack on the year. Geathers was a rotational player with other outside linebackers Yasir Abdullah and Nick Okeke.
Troutman had not registered a stat this season after flip-flopping between the “Card” position and safety in the offseason.
Geathers seemed to be coming on this season after flashing some signs against Notre Dame of being a nice pass rusher for the Cardinals in the future. However, Nick Okeke and Yasir Abdullah had been assuming most of the snaps at the “DOG” linebacker position on defense for the last couple of weeks. Those two will now likely be the only split at the position on defense for the remaining four games.
It would have been nice to see Geathers getting more snaps recently. He had earned snaps and was one of the only players on the team with a developed enough game to get to the passer. This is a sizable loss for a player who had been showing signs of a nice player down the road.
Troutman was a special teams ace as a sophomore in 2019 but had not found the field at all in the 2020 season registering zero snaps on defense. Troutman was seemingly jumped in the offseason by players like Jack Fagot and true freshman Josh Minkins.
It is not known at this time what the future plans are for these two opt-out players.