Louisville football - by the numbers

Here's a primer to the season, some key numbers to watch for regarding the University of Louisville football program. Check it out:

2 - The number of new assistant coaches that Charlie Strong has added to his staff, including tight ends coach Sherrone Moore and defensive backs coach Tom Restivo, for this season.

5 - The number of players on the current roster who have already graduated, including Will Stein, Alex Kupper, Daniel Brown, Nick Heuser and Nate Nord. Stein, Kupper and Heuser are enrolled in the MBA program.

5.5 - The number of sacks Marcus Smith had to lead the defense for the Cardinals last season.

9 - The total number of true freshmen on the current two-deep chart for the Cardinals, including one starter – Josh Appleby at punter.

10 - The number of seniors on the Louisville roster this season.

11 - A total of 11 true freshmen, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver Eli Rogers, played last season.

12 - The new number worn by sophomore cornerback Stephan Robinson.

15 - The game on Sunday marks the 15th home opener the Cardinals have played in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium with a 10-4 record.

19 - The number of career starts for senior linebacker Daniel Brown.

24 - The number of first-place votes the Cardinals received in the preseason Big East Conference voting. U of L was picked first in the poll.

25 - The number of consecutive starts by junior safety Hakeem Smith, who has the longest active streak on the team.

30 - The Cardinals are 6-0 under Charlie Strong and 128-14 since 1980 when the offense scores 30 or more points.

34 - The number of career starts for senior center Mario Benavides, who has started 10 games in a row.

34 - Another 34 and this one for the number of players from the state of Florida on the roster this season.

35 - The number of rushing yards Kentucky gained last season in the loss to Louisville in the third game of the season.

41 - The number of receptions Eli Rogers hauled in last season to lead the U of L offense.

91 - The new number worn by junior defensive end Marcus Smith.

105 - The number of voting points the Cardinals picked in the Associated Press poll where they were ranked at No. 25.

106 - The number of yards Teddy Bridgewater threw for after replacing Will Stein in the Kentucky game last season, completing 10 of 18 passes and throwing two touchdowns in the victory.

130 - The Cardinals were 5-0 when rushing for more than 130 yards last season, averaging 121.5 rushing yards a game.

160 - The number of consecutive games the Cardinals have gone without being shutout. The last shutout was a 32-0 loss to Florida State in 2000.

200 - The number the defense has held the opposition under in passing yards during 14 of the 26 games of the Strong-era.

2,129 - The number of passing yards Teddy Bridgewater threw for last season as a true freshman.

23,000 - The amount of money the Governor's Cup trophy that was donated by The Kroger Company cost.

43,500 - The record number of season tickets sold.

55,327 - The record crowd – against Kentucky in 2010 – for a game held in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.


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