Under Jeff Brohm, the Louisville Cardinals have swam into nearly uncharted waters for the program. In Brohm’s first season after replacing Scott Satterfield, he has Louisville nearing the top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Bobby Petrino and Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals to No. 5 in the CFP rankings in 2016 before finishing No. 13 in the country. Louisville couldn’t have dreamt of a better start to the Brohm era, but the loss to Pitt likely spoils any shot of making the College Football Playoff.
That means it might not be too early to look ahead to next season. A season without Jack Plummer, and maybe without a few of his favorite weapons. These four players could leave Louisville early, either for the NFL draft, or transfer portal.
1. Jamari Thrash, redshirt junior
Thrash is Plummer’s No. 1 receiver, and he may be ready to leave with his quarterback. He put together an impressive career at Georgia State and in one year at Louisville has proven he can play at a higher level.
He has enough size at 6-foot-1 and if he tests well at the combine, could turn himself into a mid-round NFL draft pick. He’s made some highlight reel catches that could get the eyes of NFL decision-makers like he had in a great game against Pitt.