In four games, tight end Nate Nord has achieved more with No. 19 Louisville than he has in four years.
Being healthy has a lot to do with the senior's success.
Nord is the Cardinals' third-leading receiver with 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Nord has worked to get back in shape after injuries to his shoulders, knee, pectoral and hamstring muscles slowed his career.
Those setbacks caused Nord to consider leaving the program last year before coach Charlie Strong talked him out of it. Good thing for Louisville (4-0), which now has a tight end who catches as well as he blocks.
Things are also turning out well for Nord, who says he couldn't ever leave. After all, his childhood dream was to play for the Cardinals.
''I had the best spring (practice) since I've been here and the coaches were praising me and giving me a lot of confidence in myself,'' the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Nord said. ''The main thing was just having confidence in myself...