Griffin Uhl didn’t play high school football but next week he could be in the starting lineup for the No. 9 ranked Louisville Cardinals.
Called perhaps the “surprise of the whole season,” by U of L offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Uhl is currently running No. 1 on the depth chart at fullback for the Cardinals.
”We’ll see how the story unfolds, but he could be the surprise of the whole season,” Watson said. “He’s a 265-pound fullback. We didn’t know exactly where to play him. He’s a willing soul, who is very physical.”
The 6-foot-2, 267-pound Uhl was forced to walk-on at U of L after his high school – Henryville, Ind., - didn’t offer the sport of football. He played in a nearby community league and went to camps to try and get notices.
“I just don’t quite understand what that is,” Watson said with a chuckle. “He’s told me about it and I still can’t quite get it. He didn’t have a whole lot of football background. But let me tell you, when he blocks you, he finishes you.”
Uhl spent his first year at U of L with the defensive line group, trying to get noticed by the coaches. Watson said this summer when deciding to use a fullback more the staff turned to players on the roster that could fit the mold.
And they asked Uhl to give it a try.
“I love lead football and we want to pull that dinasour out of distinction,” Watson said. “Very few kids grow up today knowing there’s such a thing as a fullback in football. So we pulled that guy off the shelf.
“We looked at our board and wanted to fill that role from within our team. We wanted that type of player that could do that plumber’s type of work and he’s really fit the bill for it.”
Uhl and redshirt sophomore Tyler Sharpe, a walk-on from Butler High School, are battling for the fullback slot. The 5-10, 228-pound Sharpe has been hampered in the fall camp by a neck injury, Watson calling him “just a little nicked up.”