This was actually posted on Yahoo’s site two weeks back but somehow managed to slip through the cracks. They’re in the process of counting down the top 30 teams leading up to kickoff and Charlie Strong and company check in at #26. Good overall insight from Mike Huguenin as he explores the team’s jump from mediocrity to potential BCS contender. He predicts the Cards will win at least 10 games and capture the Big East championship. He also talks about the usual suspects (Bridgewater, Rogers, Brown Brothers, etc) and names DeVante Parker as his breakout player to watch. We’ve attached an excerpt and you can read the entire thing right here.
Those guys will run behind a line that returns four starters, with C Mario Benavides the standout. Benavides, who might be the best offensive lineman in the Big East, will be a four-year starter for the Cardinals. G John Miller was one of the best true freshmen offensive linemen in the nation last season. Sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater has a strong arm and a deep group of receivers. (National Football Post)Sophomore G Jake Smith and senior T Alex Kupper are the other returning starters up front. Big sophomore Jamon Brown (6 feet 6/337 pounds), who played guard last season, likely will be the other starting tackle.
The linemen’s main priority will be to keep sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater upright. Louisville quarterbacks were sacked 41 times last season, and that number needs to decrease by at least a third. Bridgewater has mobility, but he is at his best when he drops back and lets it fly. He started 10 games as a true freshman last season, throwing for 2,129 yards and 14 TDs. But he also threw 12 interceptions, and that number has to drop. Coaches are confident he will be much more comfortable in the offense this season.
One reason for his comfort level is that two of his best receivers, sophomores Michaelee Harris and Eli Rogers, played with Bridgewater in high school at powerhouse Miami Northwestern. (Lamb also is a Northwestern alum.) Those two should be part of a deep and productive receiving corps. Rogers led the team with 41 receptions last season, while Harris had 37; they combined for three TD receptions. Sophomore DeVante Parker had only 18 catches, but six went for scores and he appears to be a rising star. Seniors Scott Radcliff and Andrell Smith and junior Damian Copeland also should be part of the rotation.