First the first time in Bobby Petrino's second tenure at Louisville, the Cardinals will open will camp without an open competition at quarterback.
2016 saw multiple players log starts behind center for Louisville, but it was the true freshman Lamar Jackson that eventually took the reigns and has quickly become the face of the program. The Boynton Beach, Fla., product made seven starts last fall and set a school record for career rushing yards by a quarterback in his first season by running for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Jackson's performance in the Cardinals comeback victory at rival Kentucky to close the regular season and his MVP outing in the Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M solidified his place as the first team quarterback.
This off season, Jackson has focused on better understanding the offense. His goal is to not only be a dangerous threat to run, but equally lethal throwing the ball.
"I hit the books very hard since the end of last season," Jackson said at the ACC Kickoff. “I was like, 'I'm not trying to go out there looking like a freshman my sophomore year'."
Backing up Jackson is junior Kyle Bolin. The Lexington native has six career starts and has thrown for 1,870 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Jawon Pass, a high school All-American, joins the roster this fall. The freshman is a dual-threat quarterback who threw for 2,215 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, while also rushing for 789 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.