Jared Swopshire will be in the Cards starting line-up tomorrow for the first time since the 2009-2010 season as Louisville takes on South Florida. Swopshire arrived at Louisville in 2008 as a part of the Rick Pitino’s top 10 recruiting class. He averaged just 5.4 minutes per game as a freshman, but saw that number sky-rocket as a sophomore when he became a full time start at the power forward position. A groin injury in the summer of 2010 left Swopshire on the shelf for his entire junior season. Due to a limited number of scholarships, Swopshire was not given a medical redshirt by coach Pitino.
Louisville added George Mason transfer Luke Hancock to the team over the summer, which took the one scholarship that would have been available for Swopshire next season.
In three seasons for the Cards, Swopshire’s best performance came against St. Johns in January of 2010 when he scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Despite his current situation, Swopshire has handled it with a lot of class. “I played a good three years here and it’s been fun,” he said. “I really enjoyed it.”