When Louisville faces Auburn in its season-opener on Saturday afternoon, a number of Cardinals will have an opportunity to make crucial plays in a game that could provide a resounding statement on the first weekend of college football.
Cardinal Authority Senior Writer Michael McCammon projects the top ten players that will impact the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in the Georgia Dome.
1: The Quarterback
Three of the four - Kyle Bolin, Reggie Bonnafon, Will Gardner - competing for the spot have directed the Cardinals to a victory, while rookie Lamar Jackson has been nothing short of impressive. All are capable in continuing the program's winning ways, but will one step up and help the team take the next step?
2-6: Five on the Line
The next five guys on the list are the starting offensive linemen. Nothing has been set in stone for the Cardinals front line, but Aaron Epps and Pedro Sibiea have both locked in spots. The concern remains as how the line will shape up. Will a pair of true freshmen crack the first or second team?
7: Brandon Radcliff
The junior running back from Miami rushed for 827 yards last season, with three 100+ yard efforts. The Cardinals will need a strong performance from Radcliff against an Auburn defense that allowed 168 yards per game in 2014.
8: Josh Harvey-Clemons
After sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer rules, U of L's 6-foot-5, 230-pound safety is anxious to return to action. A heavy hitter, Harvey-Clemons size and range allows defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to utilize him in multiple ways.
9: DeAngelo Brown
The Cardinals nose tackle, measuring 6-foot, 310-pounds, is an often overlooked, but vital member of the defensive front. The more attention Brown can attract, the more dangerous the outside rush will become. He says he enjoys being double-teamed.
10: Devonte Fields
The former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has become re-acclimated with P5 FBS football in short time. After taking a few days to get in better physical condition, Fields has been a constant disruption during team scrimmages.