In a victory over Murray State on Saturday night, the University of Louisville was able to show off their depth by jumping out to a 45-7 halftime lead and rolling to a 66-21 victory over the Racers.
With the push from Bobby Petrino, senior left tackle Jamon Brown said the team made it a point to try and get the youngsters on offense some playing time.
“We tell the young guys every week we’re going to try and go out there and handle our business, so that way they can get their opportunity to play.” Brown said. “It was the perfect time for us to do that.”
One of the freshman standouts was L.J Scott who was named the ACC Rookie of the week. Scott was able to take 11 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown, his longest run of the night came on impressive 68 yard run that showed good acceleration and vision.
“His performance tonight wasn’t by surprise,” Brown said. “I tell him (Scott) all the time, the things you do in practice show up in the game, and that’s exactly what happened (against the Racers).”
Another freshman to stand out in the game was former Trinity quarterback Reggie Bonnafon, who in his debut for the Cardinals was 8 of 11 for 112 yards and three total touchdowns. The backup quarterback’s best play came on a 27-yard touchdown pass over two defenders to Michaelee Harris in the back of the end zone.
“What Reggie did tonight was exceptionally well to me, you know the way he was able to come in and kind of take control of the huddle.” Brown said. “I felt like he came out with confidence you know, he lead us out there. I think going forward he will be great ”
Brown said the offensive line has made “really good” improvement and a few younger guys are catching up to the veterans.
The Cardinals will be tested on Saturday at Virginia.
“As an offense we have to make sure that we continue to communicate with each other, and make sure that we are on the same page.” he said. “Really it’s just working on fundamentals every day.”