Louisville football: Breaking down the 2023 transfer portal defensive players

Louisville head football coach Jeff Brohm worked his team through drills at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium on Saturday morning, Mar. 25, 2025Jf Uofl Practice Brohm Aj6t0227
Louisville head football coach Jeff Brohm worked his team through drills at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium on Saturday morning, Mar. 25, 2025Jf Uofl Practice Brohm Aj6t0227 /
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Storm Duck #29 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks  (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Storm Duck #29 of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks  (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Storm Duck – CB – University of North Carolina / Penn State – 4-Star Transfer

I hope to hear plenty of duck quacks in the crowd this year as the former All-ACC defensive back spends his final season in Louisville.

I would have added Storm Duck to the team just based on name alone, but add on his 25+ games of experience in the ACC, and a second-team All-ACC selection, and Duck might be the biggest signing in this transfer portal class.

Duck is one of two former Tar Heel defensive backs the Cards added this offseason. He brings in a ton of college experience to a deep, but relatively inexperienced, defensive backfield.

Duck started a whopping 9 games as a true freshman at UNC, but injury plagued him in the next two seasons and caused him to appear in just eight games. Duck returned ins 2022, healthier than he had ever been, and started all 12 games, racking up 46 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 9 pass breakups.

That stellar season reminded all in Carolina Blue just how dominant the Duck can be, but, following his return to on-field dominance, Duck announced his intent to transfer away to Penn State. Duck participated in all of Penn State’s winter and spring workouts but decided to leave in April. Just a few days later, Duck chose to spend his final collegiate season with the Cardinals.

Though Duck comes to the program a little later than normal, I expect his talent and years of experience in the ACC to push him to the top of Louisville’s depth chart. I’d expect to see Quincy Riley on one side and Storm Duck starting on the other, though Jarvis Brownlee will see lots of action; as well.