Louisville Football draws positive reviews for transfer portal efforts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In the era of college football, it’s far from uncommon to lose a lot of talent to the transfer portal. With the implementation of the one-time transfer rule last offseason, players are free to change schools without penalty, at least once.

For programs to stay ahead and keep their team on the path to success, it’s not so much about who you lose in the portal, but who you replace that departing talent with. So far this offseason, Louisville is drawing rave reviews for how they’ve navigated the portal.

247Sports recently ranked the 15 ACC teams by their efforts in the portal, taking the average transfer rating of players leaving each program and subtracting this from the average transfer rating of players entering the program. Louisville emerged victorious in the conference with a net gain of +3.34.

“Not only did the Cardinals make up for losses to running back and receiver, but they improved on paper,” 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello wrote.

Last week, Athleticism took a slightly different approach to this topic. They sorted the portal efforts of the 15 ACC teams into three groups: winners, losers, and break-even. Louisville ended up in the final category, with Florida State, Miami, Pitt and UNC in the winner’s category.

“Head Coach Scott Satterfield has managed the portal well and selected several players who can make a significant contribution to Louisville early,” Athleticism wrote

Like most Power Five programs, the Cardinals weren’t immune to seeing talent leave. 11 scholarship players have entered the portal since the start of the 2021 season, with Jordan Watkins, Greedy Vance and Kani Walker being the most notable departures – as all three had potential to leave next season.

But on the other side of that coin, Louisville brought in seven players through the portal, most of them looking to play big roles in 2022. Running back Tiyon Evans was Tennessee’s leading running back before injured his ankle, inside linebacker MoMo Sanogo brings a wealth of SEC experience, and wide receiver Tyler Hudson was one of the best FCS players in the country last year.

As it stands, Louisville is full of scholarships for the 2022 season. That being said, Satterfield is still recruiting the Portal if another player transfers from the Cards.

Louisville finished the 2021 season with a 6-7 mark (4-4 in the ACC), including a 31-28 First Responder Bowl loss to the Air Force. The Cardinals will kick off the 2022 season with a road game against Syracuse on Saturday, September 3

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