From the Louisville Sports Information Department...
The University of Louisville football program and head
coach Steve Kragthorpe announced the signing of two highly-rated junior college prospects to National Letters of Intent Friday, including an All-American quarterback.
Adam Froman (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa HS) and Malcolm Tatum (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point HS) have each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for the Cardinals. Froman and Tatum are slated to enroll at Louisville in January and participate in spring drills.
*We are extremely pleased with the addition of these two young men to our program,* Kragthorpe said. *They are all tremendous athletes and we believe that each of them possesses the toughness and competitiveness that we are looking for in a football player. I like Adam's
competitiveness and toughness. Malcolm fills an immediate needs on the defensive side of the football due graduation.
Froman led his Santa Rosa Junior College to an 8-3 season in 2008, including a 28-20 win over No. 2-ranked Sierra (CA) C.C. in the West Bank Bowl. Santa Rosa finished ranked 10th in the nation.
Froman threw for 525 yards on 35-of-61 passing with three touchdowns in a win over Sierra and was named the game's MVP. Froman threw for 401 yards in the first half against Sierra. He opened with 229 yards and two touchdowns in his first college start, a road win against 10th-ranked Reedley, and combined to throw 12 touchdowns in his next two games. Froman tied the school record with seven touchdown passes in his third college start.
Froman is the third consecutive SRJC quarterback to sign with a major Division I school, joining Ian Hetrick (2005, Wyoming) and Greg Alexander (2007, Hawaii).
Named a first team All-American by JC Grid-Wire, Froman threw for a state-leading 3,876 yards and 40 touchdowns passes this season and was the NorCal Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He joins a crowded
quarterback picture at Louisville to replace the departing Cantwell. Froman is expected to battle juniors Tyler Wolfe and Justin Burke,sophomore Matt Simms and red-shirt freshman Zack Stoudt for the starting quarterback position in the spring.
A talented defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Tatum recorded 30 tackles and 9.5 sacks as a sophomore at Gulf Coast Community College.Tatum, who was named the defensive MVP in Gulf Coast*s (10-2) 41-7 Mississippi bowl win over third-ranked Georgia Military, earned second team MACJC South honors as a sophomore and is rated a two-star prospect
The Cardinals have a definite need on the defensive line due to the graduation of Earl Heyman, Adrian Grady and Maurice Mitchell