Michael McCammon

Cardinal Authority looks at the season ahead; projecting who could be the MVP of this Louisville football team

As the U of L season opener against Charlotte approaches, Cardinal Authority takes a look at five players that seem poised for MVP-type seasons.

Cardinal Authority takes a look at 5 Cardinals that could have MVP-type seasons for the Louisville Cardinals.

1. Lamar Jackson, Sophomore, Quarterback

Of course, Lamar Jackson has to be at the top of the list. He's getting a ton of national hype heading into the season and should be ready to take that next step in his career. He'll throw it more than last season and has improved, but here's hoping he still runs it as much as he did. If he runs it anywhere near like he did in the final two games it will not only be a fun season but he'll be MVP of the team and grab some ACC honors.

2. Devonte Fields, Senior, Linebacker

Devonte Fields is in the best shape of his life and he's ready to roll off the end of the line for the Cardinals' defense. He had 11 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss last season and didn't feel like he had a great season. Could be challenge Peter Boulware's ACC record with 19 sacks in a single season? If he does, Fields could be the team MVP.

3. Keith Kelsey, Senior, Linebacker

Keith Kelsey has played in 38 games and started 26 for the Cardinals, recording 218 tackles. Kelsey should be able to pick up 100-plus tackles for the second straight year and may lead the team in tackles again. He's such a leader on the field, Kelsey might be the MVP because of his play-making ability and also his leadership skills.

4. Josh Harvey-Clemons, Senior, Safety

Josh Harvey-Clemons might not be the player many would think when talking about the team MVP. But this season he's going to be a huge key to the defense and he will move all over the field to a couple of different positions. He could lead the team in interceptions and tackles this season and it wouldn't be a shocker.

5. Jamari Staples, Senior, Wide Receiver

Had one NFL scout tell us that besides Devonte Fields that Jamari Staples was a guy who could end up being the next highest player from U of L in the NFL Draft. He had 37 catches for 638 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last season and now that he's fully healthy and ready to roll the numbers could get ridiculous.

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