Out Of The Shadows: Damian Copeland, Louisvlle
Through two weeks of the season, the Louisville Cardinals’ offense has been as advertised: Teddy Bridgewater is great and has a good surrounding cast.
Although most of this surrounding cast is overshadowed by Bridgewater, there is a great deal of talent across the board for Louisville. One of these prospects is Damian Copeland.
Copeland is not the No. 1 option for Bridgewater; that would be DeVante Parker. But Copeland has shown through two weeks that he is a solid receiving option. The 6-foot-1 redshirt senior was 2012’s leading receiver (50 receptions, 628 yards). Yet many have Copeland as a late-round or even undrafted prospect.
Throughout Copeland’s career, he has shown that he is a smart route runner, often exploiting zone defenses by finding the open area, something young receivers struggle with. Copeland also displays deceptive speed and a fantastic ability to make the big play. His connection with Bridgewater is also undeniable. Copeland has three touchdowns on the young season, already topping his 2012 total of two.
With his experience, speed and toughness, Copeland should be a very good special teams option on top of his primary duties of being a solid receiver. As the season progresses, Copeland should see his stock rise as he continues to develop with Bridgewater.