This article was written by Kelly Patrick, a contributor with KentuckySports.co.
Continuing with my countdown of the top ten highest rated Cardinal football players I will talk a little about Josh Bellamy:
Josh Bellamy wears jersey #1 and is a 6-0 206 pound senior WR from ST. Petersburg, Forida. Bellamy played his first two seasons at Butte Community College in Northern California where he caught 80 passes for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns before transferring to Louisville. During his first year on the field with the Cards (last season) he played in 13 games and started in 9 of them. He had 29 receptions for 401 yards and tied for the team lead with five touchdown receptions. Bellamy returned five kickoffs for a total of 120 yards and returned two punts for a total of 24 yards.
Out of high school Josh was rated a two star prospect by scout.com and a three star prospect by rivals.com after playing running back for Boca Ciega HS in Gulfport, Florida for Head Coach Stevie Thomas. Bellamy had quite the string of commitments and de-commitments before deciding to settle in with the Cards and head Coach Charlie Strong; He committed to play for South Florida while he was in high school and later also committed to Iowa State before playing for Butte Community College. Bellamy chose to play for the Cards because he and his mother really liked Head Coach Charlie Strong and also because Bellamy’s cousin is Preston Pace (Cards cornerback who also transferred from Butte Community College).
Heading into his senior season as the only returning starter Bellamy is projected to be the #1 target in the passing game regardless of which QB is under center. He will be counted on to mentor a very talented group of young wide receivers including DeVante Parker, Eli Rogers and Michaelee Harris. With a strong senior season Bellamy could possibly be a draft pick in next year’s NFL draft. Look for Bellamy’s senior season to be a big one and very important to the overall success of the team.