Two former Louisville Cardinal players will get an opportunity to continue their professional football career.
Keith Towbridge and Deiontrez Mount were two of 71 players selected in the inaugural XFL Draft earlier this week.
Towbridge was selected in the seventh round (51st overall) by the New York Guardians with the skill positions group. Despite only catching 21 passes in his four years at Louisville, Towbridge has bounced around the NFL since graduating.
The Buffalo Bills signed Towbridge as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He spent two seasons on Buffalo’s practice squad before being waived prior to the 2018 season.
Towbridge later signed the Atlanta Legends of the AAF. When the league folded he was claimed by the Titans. After being waived Towbridge once again signed with Buffalo but was waived in late August.
Mount was selected in the 22nd round by the Tampa Bay Vipers with the front-seven group. The former Cardinal DE/LB didn’t make a big impact on defense for Louisville until his senior season in 2014 when finished with five sacks.
The Tennessee Titans selected Mount with the 177th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He spent his rookie season in Tennessee but was waived after one year He later signed with Colts where he spent the 2016 season. Mount signed with the Denver Broncos in 2017, but was sent to the practice squad and later waived after suffering an Achilles injury.
There are plenty of skeptics regarding the XFL, but the league does have TV deals with ESPN and Fox. Coaches like Jim Zorn, Bob Stoops, June Jones and Kevin Gilbride have given the league a boost early on.<