For the second-straight season the University of Louisville Cardinals finished with double-digit wins, 11 last season and 12 this season.
For the second consecutive year they played in a bowl game, this season’s a blowout of the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday night.
A major ingredient of that rise to national prominence – the Cardinals at one time this season were a top-10 team – is Calvin Pryor, the former standout at Port St. Joe High School, part of an infusion of Florida talent by Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
For the second season in a row Pryor, a junior safety, ranked second on the team in total tackles with 69, including 48 solo tackles.
Pryor, a free safety who plays well off the line of scrimmage in order to assess the offensive play, also had 5.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries and blended that in-the-trenches effort with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered.
Pryor, who was second-team all-Big East last year, was first-team all-American Athletic Conference this season and named second team All-America by Athlon Sports.
Pryor will also have a decision to make during the winter. As a junior he is eligible to move on to the professional ranks should he choose, or he could return as Louisville moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference.