A native of Lexington, Kentucky, the city that residents of Louisville quite possibly could hate the most, spurned the hometown Kentucky Wildcats to enroll at the University of Louisville. Kyle Bolin arrived on campus in July 2013 as a four-star recruit with an overall composite score of 0.8919.
The 6-foot-3 pro-style quarterback was a standout at Lexington Catholic High School and spent four seasons with the Cardinals before going to Rutgers University as a graduate transfer. Before joining the Scarlet Knights, Bolin finished his Louisville career with a career total 2,104 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns. He was certainly not known for his rushing abilities as he finished with 29 rushing attempts for a total of -91 yards for an average of -3.1 yards per carry.
In his third season at Louisville, Bolin battled for playing time with Reggie Bonnafon, Will Gardner, and freshman Lamar Jackson. It’s safe to say Bolin should have left the rushing to Bonnafon and Jackson.
Dominique Brown came to Louisville as a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, another city that residents of Louisville are not particularly fond of due to the longstanding rivalry with the University of Cincinnati in the Battle for the Keg of Nails. Brown, a 6-foot-2 dual threat quarterback, joined the Cardinals as a member of the Class of 2010 with a four-star rating and an overall composite score of 0.8958.
Known for his strong running ability, he wanted to be recruited as a quarterback and attended the Peyton Manning Camp and Bishop Dullaghan Camp to help strengthen his passing mechanics. Brown’s high school head coach, Troy Everhart described him with these words:
"“He’s impressive. He runs people over, he makes people miss and he’s got a gear that people can’t catch…I had one coach come in here and say ‘Coach, I think he could be a tailback.’ He’s got great vision and he probably could. He’s a great athlete, strong runner.” “The kid’s a top-notch athlete, a top-notch player and he’s even a better person which makes life easy here…I just know this – he’s a guy you take because he isn’t going to get in trouble, his grades are good and one of the better kids I’ve had in the past ten years as far as talent vs. ego”"
Brown ended up spending four seasons with the Cardinals and tallied only two passing attempts in his entire career with one of those attempts ending in an interception.
Although he was recruited as a dual threat quarterback, he spent most of his time rushing. At the end of his career, he finished with 1,795 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He also would pave the way for how Louisville would use Reggie Bonnafon because Brown also had 50 receptions for 443 yards and two touchdowns. Brown would also field seven kick returns for 64 yards and even record two tackles.
Dominique Brown walked so Reggie Bonnafon could run.