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Louisville’s Cornelius Sturghill shot in foot, out for season

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Louisville Cardinals cornerback Cornelius Sturghill was shot in the foot by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting in Memphis. The injury will cause him to miss the entire 2016 season, per Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.

A Memphis native, Sturghill was set to enter his redshirt sophomore season with the Cardinals. He redshirted in 2014 before playing in just two games in which he returned four punts for a total of minus-1 yards in 2015. He ran an incredible 4.20 40-yard dash time this past March, making him the quickest player on the Louisville roster.

A product of the Class of 2014, Sturghill was initially ready to sign at Western Kentucky, but had last-second thoughts when the Wisconsin Badgers made a late pitch for his services. Seven days after he committed to Wisconsin in January of 2014, Sturghill visited Louisville, which is never a good omen for a school that is hoping to keep a committed player in their program.

Five days later, he officially flipped his commitment, joining Louisville in February 2014.

Although he was offered by his hometown Memphis Tigers, he chose to attend school elsewhere.

The 2015 installment of the Cardinals went 8-5 in the second year of head coach Bobby Petrino’s second stint with Louisville. Widely acclaimed as one of the nation’s most unpredictable — and potentially impactful — schools for the upcoming 2016 season, the Cardinals possess a blend of talent and youthful exuberance that could upset the current hierarchy in the ACC. Sturghill will try to return to the gridiron for his junior season in 2017.

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