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Former Louisville RB Lionel Gates

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Former Louisville Cardfinals RB Lionel Gates joins Joe Lisi On The Weekly Blitz.


Gates was a standout from 2001-2004 rushing for 1,475 yards averaging 4.8 yards per carry with  20 touchdowns. He was an all-around running back who caught 40 passes for 469 yards averaging 11.7 yards per carry with 2 receiving touchdowns. 

Gates had great speed and was a tough inside runner who was not afraid of contact. The trio of Gates, Michael Bush and Eric Shelton was a loaded backfield for head coach Bobby Petrino in leading the Cardinals to a 11-1 record in 2004 with a top 10 ranking. 

Gates was drafted in the 7th round by the Buffalo Bills and played from 2005-2007 for Buffalo and Tampa Bay