Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Louisville Cardinals season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Louisville Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 2-10 overall, 0-8 in ACC
Head Coach: Scott Satterfield, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE OFFENSE
– It all starts with getting something out of the offensive line. Dwayne Ledford served as the co-offensive coordinator at Appalachian State for a few years under new head man Scott Satterfield. Before this, the new UofL offensive coordinator served as the NC State offensive line coach – he has to mold this group into something usable.
The Cardinal front five was abysmal for the ground game that averaged just 142 yards per game, and was a soft breeze in pass protection. Three starters return – starting with future NFL franchise tackle Mekhi Becton – and now the pressure is on. If the line isn’t night-and-day stronger, it’s going to be another miserable year.
– To be fair, the running backs weren’t able to show what they could do thanks to the bad line play. Sophomore Hassan Hall was a bit of a bright spot with 303 yards and three scores – that was good enough to be the team’s top rushing RB. Hall is the speed, and 225-pound Colin Wilson brings a bit more thump.
– It was asking for too much for anyone to be the quarterback after Lamar Jackson, but the Cardinals couldn’t get enough out of their two main options. Jawon Pass threw 12 interceptions and eight touchdown passes, and Malik Cunningham wasn’t able to do much more. However, Cunningham led the team in rushing and – if he’s not the starting quarterback – will get on the field in some way.
– Leading receiver Jaylen Smith is gone, but the receiving corps has the upside to be the team’s biggest strength. The 1-2 punch of Dez Fitzpatrick and Cheatarius Atwell will be fantastic if the quarterback play is stronger, and there’s decent depth to fill in the gaps. This is a really, really big corps, with 6-6 Devante Peete and 6-3 Seth Dawkins promising parts of the passing puzzle.