Few Division I offensive linemen on bowl-bound teams get to start as true freshmen. Not many even get the chance as redshirt freshmen because of the experience and physical strength it takes to play in the interior line.
Travis Leffew was one of those few freshmen who got that chance last year at the University of Louisville. However, starting at left tackle as a redshirt freshman came with a price. Leffew struggled early in the season and several times his miscues resulted in quarterback Dave Ragone being hit and/or sacked.
"Everybody gets to the point where you think you are not doing very well, but you just have to get beyond that," said the former Boyle County all-state lineman. "You are going to give up one (sack) here and there. You just have to come back with the effort that you are going to come back and do better."
Leffew even admits that he sometimes wondered if he should have stayed in the defensive line, where his brother, Bobby, plays for the Cardinals. That's the position he wanted to play in college before then-Louisville coach John L. Smith convinced him that his best chance to help the Cardinals and possibly make the National Football League was to switch to offense.