Cardinal Authority provides a few storylines for the Louisville offensive side of the ball this spring

Cardinal Authority provides a few storylines for the Louisville offensive side of the ball headed into spring football practice, which begins on Tuesday.

The University of Louisville offense has a lot of pieces returning for next season.

The Cardinals have a lot of key weapons back after finishing 8-5 last season following a victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. But there are a few questions for the Cardinals on the offensive side of the ball.

Cardinal Authority takes a look at five questions on the offensive side of the ball.

The team will begin its spring work on Tuesday, with an open practice session at 3:50 p.m.

A new offensive coordinator to work in: Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino lost his offensive coordinator - Garrick McGee - just two weeks ago and must work in a new coordinator - or two. Lonnie Galloway comes to Louisville from West Virginia and will coordinate the passing game, while Chris Klenakis will coordinator the running game. Petrino is still going to be the play caller. It will be interesting to watch the wide receivers and see what kind of an impact Galloway has on that group this spring.

Lamar Jackson and his improvement: McGee was also the quarterbacks coach, but that is now turned over to Nick Petrino - hired as a new assistant to replace Lamar Thomas when he left. Jackson had such a phenomenal ending to his freshman season and showed major improvement. But there was still issues with his footwork and his decision making at times. He's a very talented kid but has a long way to come and I would expect that would start with a major jump this spring.

The offensive line and returning players: The much maligned offensive line has a lot of pieces returning. The coaching staff thinks that's a good thing, while some in the fan base think it's a negative. The spring is the time for the line to start proving the staff is right on target. Geron Christian and Kenny Thomas played as true freshmen, Lukayus McNeil played a ton as a redshirt freshman. Where does redshirt Chandler Jones work into the mix and does Kiola Mahoni keep improving are key questions. And is Tobijah Hughley still the center. Expect to see several players working in at the center position in the spring and watch walk ons Tyler Haycraft and Nathan Scheler because they will be in the rotation.

Running backs galore for Kolby Smith: The running back room is crowded. Brandon Radcliff was the guy coming out of last spring and is back for his senior season, while L.J. Scott and Jeremy Smith are both really talented guys and Malin Jones is very capable. Trey Smith was a running back but now is listed as a wide receiver on the roster, so where does he fit in. Radcliff needs a good spring after just an OK junior season, while in testing it appears Scott has made the most improvement physically since the end of the season. Who gets the carries is a big question mark?

Where do you play Reggie? It's a great question, where in the world do they put Reggie Bonnafon. He's still listed as a quarterback and will practice with that group. But he can also play wide receiver and running back. He has a 43.5 inch vertical jump - probably better than pretty much any player in the country - and is the fourth fastest guy on the team. I expect Bobby Petrino to come up with some really intriguing packages to get Bonnafon on the field in different ways. It will be interesting to watch.


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