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Which Louisville football players made it to EA Sports College Football 25? Here's our guess

In two weeks, EA Sports will launch the first college football video game in a decade.

A lot has changed in the last 10 years, the biggest difference being the ability for players to get paid for their name, image and likeness. That's why EA Sports asked athletes from all schools to opt in to be included in the video game.

According to ESPN, more than 10,000 players have signed up. But only 85 from each school can be inducted. This selection process is based primarily on rankings, but also takes into account the athletes' social media popularity. On June 26, a social media account affiliated with EA Sports posted a list of five players who were part of the video game's Heisman Hopeful Pack. Louisville defensive lineman Ashton Gillotte, who was named a power rusher, was among the five, along with Georgia quarterback Carson Beck, Ohio State safety Caleb Downs, Southern California wide receiver Zachariah Branch and Michigan cornerback Will Johnson.

A day after the package was posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, EA Sports finalized rosters and notified players of their addition, according to The Athletic. The company made concessions for players coming out of transfer portals, so even if an athlete has changed schools in the past five months, they are already in the system and can make team changes.

While Gillotte's selection has been made public, who could be among the top 10 Louisville players featured in the video game? Here's a guess at the other nine players:

offense

Tyler Shough

Louisville quarterback Tyler Shough (9) is expected to be the team’s starter.

Louisville quarterback Tyler Shough (9) is expected to be the team’s starter.

The quarterback is a given. Tyler Shough was brought to Louisville as a starter and trained as such in the spring. Despite his streak of bad luck with injuries, he is praised for his strong arm. Long throws down the field are not only exciting in real life, but can easily score six points in the virtual world as well.

Renato Brown

Every offense needs linemen, and Renato Brown was as consistent as one can be. In 2022, Brown's last healthy season, he had the fourth-best run-blocking grade and sixth-best pass-blocking grade of U of L offensive linemen. Although he did not play a full season in 2023, he finished the season with 14th total in pass blocking and 35th in run blocking. EA Sports used Pro Football Focus analytics to determine its power rankings, so it would only make sense for the company to do the same to measure a player's performance.

Maurice Turner

Maurice Turner of Louisville is the team's leading returning runner.Maurice Turner of Louisville is the team's leading returning runner.

Maurice Turner of Louisville is the team's leading returning runner.

Maurice Turner is Louisville's best returning runner, along with Jawhar Jordan and Isaac Guerendo in the NFL. Although he finished the year with just 284 yards, Turner has a good chance to be the top running back in the rankings. Of the Cardinals' current running backs, he has the most experience on the field in coach Jeff Brohm's system. Turner also had two season highlights: a 41-yard run against Florida State in the ACC championship game and a 30-yard run at Pittsburgh. Turner's small but quick stature could make those moments even more common in a video game.

Caullin Lacy

Although Caullin Lacy was not on Louisville's team last season, the transfer concessions and his performance at the FBS level make him a top choice to wear the red and black jersey in the virtual world. The South Alabama transfer ranks 25th with a receiving grade of 85.0 for 2023.th nationally. He considered turning pro and was on the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List, but opted to play one more year of college football in 2024. The decision could mean not only a year to play at the Power Five level, but also at least $600 and a free copy of “EA Sports College Football 25.”

Chris Bell

Chris Bell is one of Louisville's biggest and strongest receivers. He's also the best returner, having totaled 407 yards and two touchdowns on 29 receptions. Additionally, Bell had the team's best pass blocking grade (61.9) among non-offensive linemen who logged 200 or more snaps. His muscular frame allows him to maintain contact with or without the ball. Catching a defender with a stiff arm is one thing, but using Bell to do that virtually would make a Louisville fan happy.

defense

Quincy Riley

Quincy Riley of Louisville was a safe cornerback.Quincy Riley of Louisville was a safe cornerback.

Quincy Riley of Louisville was a safe cornerback.

In addition to being a projected three-year starter, Quincy Riley is one of Louisville's best defensive players after opting to return for another year. His 8.7 QB rating allowed ranks in the top five among returning ACC defensive players, and he had the sixth-lowest completion percentage nationally (36.5%). Riley Island is expected to be featured on EA Sports College Football 25.

Devin Neal

Devin Neal transferred from Baylor to Louisville last season and became the team's leading interception player (4). Although the Cardinals' safety position was weak, the Lexington native played 662 snaps, had one of the team's lowest reception percentages allowed (61%), and is expected to keep his starting spot, making him a sure bet for the video game.

TJ Quinn

Louisville linebacker TJ Quinn (with the ball) had an outstanding season in 2023.Louisville linebacker TJ Quinn (with the ball) had an outstanding season in 2023.

Louisville linebacker TJ Quinn (with the ball) had an outstanding season in 2023.

TJ Quinn, a former Cardinal, had a breakout season for Louisville in 2023. He was the team's leading tackler (92) and thrives on being a hard hitter. While some love standout offensive plays, Quinn's performance makes a strong case for inclusion on the roster for those looking to land big hits on their virtual opponents.

Ben Perry

Ben Perry is one of Louisville's most versatile defenders and is expected to keep his starting position this fall. Both traits make him a viable addition to the Cardinals' virtual team. In real life, he played all over the field last year and had the team's sixth-best run defense grade (76.1) while playing 594 snaps, which is the seventh-best mark among Cardinals defensive players.

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This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville Football: Which Cards will make it to EA Sports College Football?