U of L football: 5 MVP candidates

The University of Louisville football team kicks off the season on Saturday in the Georgia Dome against Auburn. Here's a look at five guys Cardinal Authority figures could be the MVP of the season for the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville football team has plenty of candidates for MVP of the team this season.

There are several on offense and a few more on defense for the Cardinals, who kick off the season on Saturday afternoon against Auburn in the Georgia Dome.

Here's an attempt from Cardinal Authority to project the U of L MVP of the season:

Brandon Radcliff, running back: The junior running back led the Cardinals in rushing last season and should be the offensive MVP this time around because he's going to get the carries. He's in the best shape of his life, has said he's improved from last season and is our projected offensive MVP of the season.

Devonte Fields, linebacker: The former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year when at TCU has been explosive during preseason camp and should be one of the best players on the team. We'll project him as the defensive MVP of the season and a potential top candidate for team MVP honors. Yes, he'll lead the team in sacks.

Sheldon Rankins, defensive end: Rankins was projected as an ACC first-team performer in the preseason and is the heart of the U of L defense. He's going to get the same numbers - or better - than last season and could easily be the MVP.

Keith Kelsey or James Burgess, linebackers: Kelsey or Burgess or Burgess and Kelsey. Whatever way you want to list them the linebacker running mates are should be the leading tacklers on the team. The duo could both be All-ACC performers and each could easily be MVPs of the team - or co-MVPs.

Reggie Bonnafon, Quarterback: If Bonnafon does win the quarterback job and stays healthy, he's going to put up serious numbers this season. The WRs are young but there are plenty of weapons to work with in that group. Bonnafon has the potential.

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