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Bobby Petrino said freshman cornerback Russ Yeast could compete for playing time this season.

Louisville teammate on freshman CB Russ Yeast: ‘He’ll be ready to play this year’

Louisville’s season opener is still a month away and teammates are already confident in freshman cornerback Russ Yeast, according to the Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones.

Yeast earned the recognition as an Under Armour All-American and checked in as the 33rd best cornerback nationwide in the Class of 2017, per’s composite rankings. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino expects Yeast to compete for playing time, he told the Courier-Journal.

“He’s not a panic guy,” secondary coach Lorenzo Ward told Jones. “He’s real smart, he’s catching on to the system, and he’s a very, very good competitor. He loves to compete. He had some good work (on Wednesday), very, very good work.”

“I think he’ll be ready to play this year,” starting cornerback Jaire Alexander said.

In high school, Yeast starred on offense and special teams. His teammates and coaches have noticed his abilities in the punt-return game as well, per Jones.

“Russ is an athlete,” Alexander said. “You can definitely see that with the way he catches the ball and the way he moves. … He’s just got some little things he needs to work on, and it’ll all come together.”