Following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft, four former University of Louisville football players signed as undrafted free agents.
Center Mario Benavides agreed to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, offensive tackle Alex Kupper with the Houston Texans cornerback Adrian Bushell inked a deal with the Oakland Raiders, and Jeremy Wright signed with the New York Giants.
Benavides was one of the most consistent players on the rosters, appearing in 47 games as a starter. He posted his best years in 2013, starting all 13 games and earning first team All-BIG EAST accolades. He helped guide the Cardinals to an 11-2 record and a win over third-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
With Benavides at center, the Cardinals averaged over 30 points per game and 418.8 yards of total offense.
Kupper started 26 straight games, appearing on all positions on the offensive line. He made starts at tackle, guard and center during his career. He made 13 starts in each of the last two seasons. A product of Louisville, Ky., Kupper started the first three games at center because of an injury to Mario Benavides. Kupper earned second team All-BIG EAST accolades this past season after anchoring down the left tackle position.
Bushell was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection after transferring from Florida. This season, Bushell finished fourth on the team in tackles with 62 and led the team with 13 pass breakups. Bushell recorded one interception and recovered three fumbles in leading the Cardinals’ defense to its third straight top 25 finish in the national statistics.
Wright led the Sugar Bowl Champions in rushing with 824 yards and 10 Touchdowns, and also was Teddy Bridgewater’s 3rd favorite target with 41 catches for 325 yards. Jeremy left the Cardinals with a year of eligibility remaining and will have a fantastic opportunity with the traditional NFC East power.
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