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As we close out the week that featured National Signing Day, here’s one last look from a national perspective at Louisville’s 2014 recruiting haul. College Football News – part of the Scout.com network – ranked the class 45th nationally and 8th in the ACC. Interestingly, this class ranks 6 spots higher than Strong’s 2013 class (51st) and one spot below his 2012 haul (44th).
Team Concerns For 2014: Running the ball with greater effectiveness. Now that QB Teddy Bridgewater is no longer around to lead the offense, the Cardinals will have to run the ball better as they begin life in the ACC. Last season’s offense, in general, underachieved by averaging less than 30 points over the final nine games. With every starting offensive linemen back, Louisville should be able to generate the kind of push that creates holes for running backs Michael Dyer and Dominique Brown.
The 2014 Class Is Heavy On … Linebacker. Bobby Petrino didn’t have much time to work, but he came up with a decent class led by JUCO transfer Trevon Young out of Iowa and a whole host of key parts to the defensive back seven. Safety Zykiesis Cannon and corners Cornelius Sturghill and De’Eric Culver will help the cause, but the linebacking corps is the strongest area with Sharieff Rhaheed and Henry Famurewa among the good, deep prospects. Reggie Bonnafon is a local product who’ll eventually be the team’s starting quarterback.