Cardinal Authority provides a look at the top five offensive performers from Louisville's spring game

Cardinal Authority provides a look at the top five offensive performers from Louisville's spring game

The University of Louisville first team offense put on quite a show during the program's annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday afternoon.

Facing the second team defense, the Cardinals offensive starters had the type of performance that left many in the media room describing it as "video game numbers." A 24-0 first quarter lead ballooned into a 73-7 Red victory in front of 16,221 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Led by sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson, the offense racked up 834 total yards, including 692 through the air.  The passing attack averaged 19.8 yards per completion and a staggering 12.3 yards per play average.

With such an overall dominating performance, it is difficult to limit our list to just five top performers, but we'll give it a shot.

1. QB Lamar Jackson
What a difference a season can make. The sophomore known for his running, has been forced to work more with his arm this spring and the results are impressive.  Still not perfect - he admitted to being late throwing the ball on a couple of his long touchdown passes - Jackson proved to be more accurate and comfortable in the pocket on Saturday.  He only had five attempts fall incomplete, finishing 24-of-29 for 519 yards and eight touchdowns. His longest completion was an 85-yard touchdown strike to James Quick.

2. WR James Quick
The Louisville Trinity was visibly loose from the moment he stepped on the field Saturday and the result was the type of performance that many expect from the former high school All-American. The senior led all receivers with 152 yards on five receptions, including his 85-yard second quarter touchdown.

3. TE Cole Hikutini
Following the game, Lamar Jackson described Cole Hikutini as a player with deceptive speed, saying the 6-foot-5, 248-pound tight end compares more to a "skill" position player.  Hikutini scored the first two touchdowns of the game, an 8-yard catch to cap the second drive and a 7-yard reception to finish the next series.  He finished with five catches for 75 yards and the pair of scores.

4. RB Jeremy Smith
Working with both the first and second teams, Smith led all Cardinals with 109 yards on 13 carries.  He reached the end zone twice while wearing a first team red jersey.  He averaged 8.4 yards per carry.

5. WR Jaylen Smith
The 6-foot-4, 209-pound sophomore has had a strong spring and he capped it off by appearing set to become of the team's top receiving targets.  His five receptions equaled the game-high, finishing with 99 yards and a 44-yard second quarter touchdown reception.


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