There were plenty of factors that led to Louisville having one of the worst defenses in the history of power five football in 2018. Losing their best defensive player in the season opener is certainly one of them.
Linebacker Jon Greenard didn’t recover in time to return at any point during the 2018 season after suffering a wrist injury in week one. Unfortunately, it sounds like he never will.
Dave Lackford of Rivals.com reports (premium link) that Greenard will graduate in December and transfer to Florida.
Greenard was easily the most accomplished returning player on defense for the Cards in 2018. As a redshirt sophomore in 2017 Greenard led the team with 15.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with seven sacks.
Because he’s graduating, Greenard should be able to play right away for the Gators. He should have two years of eligiblity left due to his medical redshirt season in 2018.
The Alabama native will be reuniting with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham who followed Dan Mullen from Mississippi State to Florida last year.
This sucks. Unfortunately these situation are common when programs go through a coaching change.
Although I wish he’d be finishing his career at Louisville, I can understand Greenard’s decision and wish him nothing but the best in Gainesville.<